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Book club reads “As Bright as Heaven”

October 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


The Mercer Book Club will meet on Tuesday, October 1 at 1:00pm to discuss As Bright as Heaven (book | eBook) by Susan Meissner.

From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love.

In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters–Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa–a chance at a better life.

But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges, they learn what they cannot live without–and what they are willing to do about it.

As Bright as Heaven is the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world, not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it.

Copies of the book are available to borrow from the library, and all are welcome to join us for the discussion – the more the merrier!

Stay tuned for more information on the book club schedule and reading list.


October 1
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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