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Interested in book-to-movie adaptations? We sure are! Love it or hate it, we want to discuss it with you. Each month we will pick a book that has, or will be, made into a movie or television show and discuss it over Zoom! This book club is recommended for adults. 

We’ll be meeting Wednesday, November 10th at 11:00 a.m. to discuss Simon The Fiddler by Paulette Jiles. 

For more information, or to sign up, contact Lynda at lynda@anunlikelystory.com

ABOUT THE BOOK:
The critically acclaimed, bestselling author of News of the World and Enemy Women returns to Texas in this atmospheric story, set at the end of the Civil War, about an itinerant fiddle player, a ragtag band of musicians with whom he travels trying to make a living, and the charming young Irish lass who steals his heart.

In March 1865, the long and bitter War between the States is winding down. Till now, twenty-three-year-old Simon Boudlin has evaded military duty thanks to his slight stature, youthful appearance, and utter lack of compunction about bending the truth. But following a barroom brawl in Victoria, Texas, Simon finds himself conscripted, however belatedly, into the Confederate Army. Luckily his talent with a fiddle gets him a comparatively easy position in a regimental band.

Weeks later, on the eve of the Confederate surrender, Simon and his bandmates are called to play for officers and their families from both sides of the conflict. There the quick-thinking, audacious fiddler can’t help but notice the lovely Doris Mary Dillon, an indentured girl from Ireland, who is governess to a Union colonel’s daughter.

After the surrender, Simon and Doris go their separate ways. He will travel around Texas seeking fame and fortune as a musician. She must accompany the colonel’s family to finish her three years of service. But Simon cannot forget the fair Irish maiden, and vows that someday he will find her again.

Incandescent in its beauty, told in Paulette Jiles’s trademark spare yet lilting style, Simon the Fiddler is a captivating, bittersweet tale of the chances a devoted man will take, and the lengths he will go to fulfill his heart’s yearning.

"Jiles’ sparse but lyrical writing is a joy to read. . . . Lose yourself in this entertaining tale.” — Associated Press

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 11:00am
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Simon the Fiddler: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062966759
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 6th, 2021

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Due to the nature of virtual events, signed copies may not always be available. Information about signed copies will be included in the event description.

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