At a crossroads in her life, and seeking a much-needed social outlet, Ava joins a reading group in Providence, Rhode Island, and commits to a one-year membership. The assignment for the members is simple: over the course of the next year, they must each lead a discussion about “the book that matters most” to them.
As the monthly meetings roll by, personal connections with the plots and authors are revealed, friendships are formed and members share a mixture of tears and laughter. Much to her delight, participation in the group slowly re-kindles Ava’s deep-rooted love of literature, while outside of the group, her existence as a mother, ex-wife and French college professor is full of upheavals and long-distance drama.
Soon she embarks on a search for a little-known but personally significant book – one that changed her life as a young girl and, unbeknownst to her, will change her life again as an adult in ways she could never possibly imagine. In the end, she learns about life, love and the healing power of books.
Added bonus to readers: you vicariously join the reading group and “listen in on” the emotional and lively discussions of such perennial favorites as Catcher in the Rye, Pride & Prejudice and To Kill a Mockingbird.