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This book club provided an opportunity to discuss books with authors from 2009 - 2013. I like to think we were a group of daughters, sisters, wives, mothers, well... women finding time to meet while juggling daily life.

I hope you enjoy exploring The Manic Mommies Book Club Archives. We read 46 books over the years, with audio or written author discussions for each book read documented on this blog.

~ with kindness & gratitude, Mari

May Book Club: When She Was Gone

You hear me say it over and over... the women who participate in the Manic Mommies Book Club are amazing!   Last night we met to discuss our April selection The Good Daughter, with Jane Porter.  Tears were shed, emails and texts passed through the evening. If you weren't able to join us, I will post a recap with a few questions for you next week after I've had time to review and write a proper recap of the evening.

TODAY I'm thrilled to announce our May book selection, when she was gone.  Gwendolen Gross is a returning author to the book club, we are beyond excited to discuss her fifth novel on May 15th.

The book is available in paper and electronically - for those who love their ereader (myself included).

Synopsis: What happened to Linsey Hart? When the Cornell-bound teenager disappears into the steamy blue of a late-summer morning, her quiet neighborhood is left to pick apart the threads of their own lives and assumptions.
Linsey’s neighbors are just ordinary people—but even ordinary people can keep terrible secrets hidden close. There’s Linsey’s mother, Abigail, whose door-to-door searching makes her social-outcast status painfully obvious; Mr. Leonard, the quiet, retired piano teacher with insomnia, who saw Linsey leave; Reeva, the queen bee of a clique of mothers, now obsessed with a secret interest; Timmy, Linsey’s lovelorn ex-boyfriend; and George, an eleven-year-old loner who is determined to find out what happened to his missing neighbor.
As the days of Linsey’s absence tick by, dread and hope threaten to tear a community apart. This luminous new novel by the acclaimed author of The Orphan Sister explores coming of age in the shadows of a suburban life, and what is revealed when the light suddenly shines in. . . .

When: Wednesday May 15th at 8PM EST
Call in details: 724-444-7444, call id: 90383#, Pin 1# 

Gwendolen will join us for 30-40 minutes before transitioning to chatting about books and life.  

Giveaway: To enter this month’s giveaway, send an email (comments are not considered entries) to mari.partyka [at] Put ‘When She Was Gone’ in the subject line. Please include your shipping address in the body of your message.

Winners will be selected at random on Sunday evening, April 7th.

How to find us: We are talking about books throughout the month on twitter. I have changed our hashtag to #MMBC2013 after learning another group is using our old one (making it hard to find our book chatter).  

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Happy Reading!