NW Reading Roundtable is Jan. 29

Published 4:21 pm Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Broken Girls to be discussed

Staff Report

The January meeting of Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Reading Roundtable, made possible with funds from Sycamore Bank, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m., in the R.C. Pugh Library on the Senatobia campus.

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Leading this month’s discussion of The Broken Girls by award-winning crime writer Simone St. James, will be Dr. Melissa Wright, director of Learning Resources at Northwest.

Vermont, 1950: There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall, and local legend says the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears with their budding friendships blossoming, until one of them mysteriously disappears.

Vermont, 2014: 20 years ago, journalist Fiona Sheridan’s elder sister’s body was found in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And although her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of the murder, Fiona can’t stop revisiting the events, unable to shake the feeling that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during renovations links the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past, and a voice that won’t be silenced.

The purpose of the program is to provide a forum to read and discuss a variety of books during the course of every semester. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month.

Participants must fill out a registration form, and those wishing to purchase a copy of the book being discussed may do so for $5. Personal or library copies may also be used.

For more information or to register, contact Wright at 562-3277 or e-mail mwright@northwestms.edu.