Summer Book Club 2024
A River Runs Through these Summer Selections
  • Set in 1789 Maine, a midwife investigates the murder of a man found entombed in the frozen waters of the Kennebec River.

  • Victoria Nash flees from her home when tragedy strikes, only to return to her home on the Gunnison River, seeking to reframe what home means when circumstances change the course of all that is familiar.

  • Secrets from the past are uncovered as Sheriff Brody Dern investigates the death of wealthy landowner, Jimmy Quinn, found floating in the Alabaster River.

The Frozen River, Ariel Lawhon
Wednesday, June 26th, 5:30 pm           

This work of historical fiction is inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th- century midwife and takes place over the course of one winter in Maine, 1789. When the Kennebec River freezes, entombing a man in the ice, Martha Ballard is summoned to examine the body and determine cause of death. Her diary soon lands at the center of the scandal, implicating those she loves, and compelling Martha to decide where her own loyalties lie. This is a compelling mystery, addressing a time of unbalanced power dynamics of men and women, rich and poor through the eyes of one courageous woman who defied the conventions of her time.


Go as a River, Shelley Read
Wednesday, July 17th, 5:30 pm

Seventeen-year-old Victoria Nash runs the household on her family’s peach farm in the small ranch town of Iola, Colorado—the sole surviving female in a family of troubled men. When tragedy strikes, Victoria leaves the only life she has ever known and flees into the surrounding mountains where she struggles to survive. As the seasons change, she also charts the changes in herself, finding in the beautiful but harsh landscape the meaning and strength to move forward and rebuild all that she has lost, even as the Gunnison River threatens to submerge her homeland—its ranches, farms, and the beloved peach orchard that has been in her family for generations. Inspired by true events surrounding the destruction of the town of Iola in the 1960s, Go as a River explores what it means to lead your life as if it were a river—gathering and flowing, finding a way forward even when a river is dammed.


The River We Remember, William Kent Krueger
Wednesday, August 14th, 5:30 pm

On Memorial Day in Jewel, Minnesota, the body of wealthy landowner Jimmy Quinn is found floating in the Alabaster River, dead from a shotgun blast. The investigation falls to Sheriff Brody Dern, a highly decorated war hero who still carries the physical and emotional scars from his military service. Even before Dern has the results of the autopsy, vicious rumors begin to circulate that the killer must be Noah Bluestone, a Native American WWII veteran who has recently returned to Jewel with a Japanese wife. Caught up in the torrent of anger that sweeps through Jewel are a war widow and her adolescent son, the intrepid publisher of the local newspaper, an aging deputy, and a crusading female lawyer, all of whom struggle with their own tragic histories and harbor secrets that Quinn’s death threatens to expose. The River We Remember offers an unflinching look at the wounds left by the wars we fight abroad and at home, a moving exploration of the ways in which we seek to heal, and a testament to the enduring power of the stories we tell about the places we call home.


All sessions are facilitated by Rev. Laura Parker in the CLC Parlor.

Attend one or all. Reservations are not necessary.

Two copies of each of these books are available to be checked out ffrom the church office on a first-come, first-served basis.