Maine 201 Book Club: Catherynne M. Valente


The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

From 6.30 pm until 7.30 pm

Valente lives and writes on an unnamed Maine island, but in this month's selection, she takes us into the world of the Brontë siblings's childhood during the Napoleonic wars. Valente grew up in Northern California, studied ancient Greek linguistics at UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, and lived in Japan longterm before finding her way to Maine. Perhaps it's her own diverse past that helps her summon the inner lives of 19th century British children.

The book club discussion is on Monday, October 25 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Zoom. All readers welcome!

The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

Inside a small Yorkshire parsonage, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë have invented a game called Glass Town, where their toy soldiers fight Napoleon and no one dies. This make-believe land helps the four escape from a harsh reality: Charlotte and Emily are being sent away to a dangerous boarding school, a school they might not return from. But on this Beastliest Day, the day Anne and Branwell walk their sisters to the train station, something incredible happens: the train whisks them all away to a real Glass Town, and the children trade the moors for a wonderland all their own.


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