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Thursday Evening Book Club
July 30 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The summer reading theme this year is Imagine Your Story and, in July, our Thursday Evening Book Club story is a dark and beautiful fairy tale of old Russia. Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasilisa loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.
When Vasilisa’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow, her new stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits. Vasilisa fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
Copies of the book will be available at the library soon. We’ll plan on a face-to-face TEBC meeting in July, but watch the library’s website for any changes in the plan.