Maine 201 Book Club: Lois Lowry


Like the Willow Tree by Lois Lowry

From 6.30 pm until 7.30 pm

Our experience of the ongoing pandemic is shaped by hyper-connectivity and an endlessly refreshing news cycle. What would it have been like to come of age during the 1918 flu epidemic without constant media access?

Join us to discuss Lois Lowry's contribution to the Dear America series, fictional diaries in the voices of young girls living history. Invite a friend, and remember: all readers welcome!

Summary of the novel:

Suddenly orphaned by the Spanish flu epidemic in the fall of 1918, eleven-year-old Lydia Pierce and her fourteen-year-old brother, Daniel, of Portland, Maine, are taken by their uncle to be raised in the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake. Thrust into the Shakers' unfamiliar way of life, Lydia must grapple with a new world that is nothing like the one she used to know.

Now separated from her beloved brother, for men and women do not mix in this community, Lydia must adjust to many changes. But in time, and with her courageous spirit, she learns to find the joy in life again.

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