Libraries will host book discussion group
The Greenwood and Harrington public libraries will offer a reading and discussion series titled "Destruction or Redemption: Images of Romantic Love" on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m., starting on Sept. 21. Using lessons from well-known novels, this five-part series will consider whether romantic love has the power to destroy or redeem.
At each program a scholar, whose background and expertise offers insight into the author's life and body of work, will give a presentation on the book and lead a discussion. Programs will include a break for refreshments with time for informal discussion. The series features the following books and scholars:
Sept. 21 - Dr. Susan Cabral of Salisbury State University will examine Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary," a novel whose heroine seeks lovers to escape an unhappy marriage. Meeting at Harrington Library.
Oct. 5 - Nancy Mitchell of Salisbury State University will discuss John Fowles' "The French Lieutenant's Woman," a novel whose hero breaks rigid social boundaries but begins a journey of self-knowledge when he encounters an enigmatic woman. Meeting at Greenwood Library.
Nov. 2 - Sandra Christian of the University of Maryland will explore Anne Tyler's novel "Morgan's Passing," in which Morgan Gower, husband and father, lives vicariously through others until becoming involved with another woman and her children. Meeting at Greenwood Library.
Nov. 16 - Gail Samis of Salisbury State University will discuss Gail Godwin's "A Mother and Two Daughters," a novel about the clashing of personalities of a mother and her daughters following the death of the husband and father whose life had prevented both that clash and the women's self-knowledge. Meeting at Harrington Library.
This series is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Delaware, and organized by Delmarva Discussions. For more details call the Greenwood Library at 302-349-5309 or the Harrington Library at 302-398-4647. People may borrow copies of the books from either library.