A Novel Idea Book Group

Share your love of books and lively conversation on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:00 noon in the Community Room of the Santa Fe Springs City Library.

November 14 - Burial Rites by Hannah Kent


A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question: How can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

Upcoming Books:  

December 12 - Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

January 9 - A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

February 13 - Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman