An Unlikely Book Club

An Unlikely Story (AUS) Book Group has been meeting since January 2017. We read and discuss many genres, though most selections are current and historical fiction. Our discussions are always lively, even when we are not totally enamored of the month's book selection. Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at 11:00am in the Second Story!

This month we’ll be meeting to discuss Small World by Laura Zigman.

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“[A] brave and heartfelt book of truths.”—New York Times Book Review (A Group Text Pick and Editors' Choice)

From bestselling author Laura Zigman comes a heartfelt novel about two offbeat and newly divorced sisters who move in together as adults—and finally reckon with their childhood

A year after her divorce, Joyce is settling into being single again. She likes her job archiving family photos and videos, and she’s developed a secret comforting hobby: trolling the neighborhood social networking site, Small World, for posts that help solve life’s easiest problems. When her older sister, Lydia, also divorced, calls to tell her she’s moving back east from Los Angeles after almost thirty years away, Joyce invites Lydia to move into her Cambridge apartment. Temporarily. Just until she finds a place of her own.

But their unlikely cohabitation—not helped by annoying new neighbors upstairs—turns out to be the post-divorce rebound relationship Joyce hadn’t planned on. Instead of forging the bond she always dreamed of having with Lydia, their relationship frays. And they rarely discuss the loss of their sister, Eleanor, who was significantly disabled and died when she was only ten years old. When new revelations from their family’s history come to light, will those secrets further split them apart, or course correct their connection for the future?

Written with wry humor and keen sensitivity, Small World is a powerful novel of sisterhood and hope—a reminder that sometimes you have to look back in order to move ahead. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 11:00am
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
Small World: A Novel By Laura Zigman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063088283
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Ecco - January 10th, 2023