Bereavement Book Club

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You’re invited to our new Bereavement Book Club! Join us as we discuss the books below:

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

5 pm, September 9th at Seasons of Hope Grief Center, 3102 NE 134th St., Vancouver, WA 98686

4:30 pm, September 16 at James Avery Grief Center, 1000 12th Ave., Longview, WA 98632

Summary: Five years. That’s how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have lived on the road in an old school bus, crisscrossing the nation. It’s also how long ago Coyote lost her mom and two sisters in a car crash.

Coyote hasn’t been home in all that time, but when she learns the park in her old neighborhood is being demolished – the very same park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a treasured memory box – she devises an elaborate plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington state in four days…without him realizing it.

Along the way, they’ll pick up a strange crew of misfit travelers. Lester has a lady love to meet. Salvador and his mom are looking to start over. Val needs a safe place to be herself. And then there’s Gladys….

Over the course of thousands of miles, Coyote will learn that going home can sometimes be the hardest journey of all…but that with friends by her side, she just might be able to turn her “once upon a time” into a “happily ever after”.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

October 21

4:30 pm at James Avery Grief Center, 1000 12th  Ave., Longview, WA 98632

or

5 pm at Seasons of Hope Grief Center, 3102 NE 134th St., Vancouver, WA 98686

Summary: The monster in Conor’s backyard is not the one he’s been expecting — the one from the nightmare he’s had every night since his mother started her treatments. This monster is ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd — whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself — Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

November 18

4:30 pm at James Avery Grief Center, 1000 12th  Ave., Longview, WA 98632

or

5 pm at Seasons of Hope Grief Center, 3102 NE 134th St., Vancouver, WA 98686

Summary: A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.

 

The Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

December 16

4:30 pm at James Avery Grief Center, 1000 12th  Ave., Longview, WA 98632

or

5 pm at Seasons of Hope Grief Center, 3102 NE 134th St., Vancouver, WA 98686

Summary: Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family business; the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, these two estranged sisters will find themselves together again, standing alongside their disapproving mother, Anya, who even now offers no comfort to her daughters. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise: Anya will tell her daughters a story; it is one she began years ago and never finished. This time she will tell it all the way to the end.

The tale their mother tells them is unlike anything they’ve heard before—a captivating, mysterious love story that spans more than sixty years and moves from frozen, war-torn Leningrad to modern-day Alaska. Nina’s obsession to uncover the truth will send them all on an unexpected journey into their mother’s past, where they will discover a secret so shocking, it shakes the foundation of their family and changes who they believe they are.

Mesmerizing from beginning to end, Winter Garden is that rarest of novels — at once an epic love story and an intimate portrait of women poised at the crossroads of their lives. Evocative, lyrically written, and ultimately uplifting, it will haunt the listener long after the last word is spoken.

The Sound of Glass by Karen White

January 20

4:30 pm at James Avery Grief Center, 1000 12th  Ave., Longview, WA 98632

or

5 pm at Seasons of Hope Grief Center, 3102 NE 134th St., Vancouver, WA 98686

Summary: The New York Times best-selling author of A Long Time Gone now explores a Southern family’s buried history, which will change the life of the woman who unearths it secret by shattering secret.

It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward’s husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news – Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal’s reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt. Charting the course of an uncertain life – and feeling guilt from her husband’s tragic death – Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal’s unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt’s, will change and define her as she navigates her new life – a new life complicated by the arrival of her too-young stepmother and 10-year-old half brother.

Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Low Country.

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

February 17

4:30 pm at James Avery Grief Center, 1000 12th  Ave., Longview, WA 98632

or

5 pm at Seasons of Hope Grief Center, 3102 NE 134th St., Vancouver, WA 98686

Summary: After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory – even if it means traveling the globe alone. Suzy’s achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe…and the potential for love and hope right next door.

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