Please join us on Wednesday, September 25th at 2:00 PM for our next Branches Book Club meeting. This month we will be reading The Hidden Light of Northern Fires: A Novel by Daren Wang.
This book club is open to the public and focuses mainly on current best-selling fiction and (at times) non-fiction selections. All meetings are held at the book store on the last Wednesday of each month beginning at 2:00 p.m. Book Club Members will enjoy special day-of meeting discounts, as well as a discount on the current month's Branches Book Club pick. For more information or to order this month's title, please call (559) 641-2019!
"Splendid―a distinctive clear-eyed perspective on a fresh corner of the Civil War." ―Charles Frazier, New York Times bestselling author of Cold Mountain
"A wise and timely book." ―Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena
Rooted in the history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason Dixon Line, Daren Wang's The Hidden Light of Northern Fires tells a story of redemption amidst a war that tore families and the country apart.
Mary Willis has always been an outcast, an abolitionist in a town of bounty hunters and anti-Union farmers. After college, she dreams of exploring the country, but is obligated to take over the household duties and management of her family’s farm, while her brother Leander avoids his own responsibilities. Helping runaways is the only thing that makes her life in Town Line bearable.
When escaped slave Joe Bell collapses in her father’s barn, Mary is determined to help him cross to freedom in nearby Canada. But the wounded fugitive is haunted by his vengeful owner, who relentlessly hunts him up and down the country, and his sister, still trapped as a slave in the South.
As the countryside is riled by the drumbeat of civil war, rebels and soldiers from both sides bring intrigue and violence of the brutal war to the town and the farm, and threaten to destroy all that Mary loves.