A benefit for Music Hall members at our Contributor-level and above, Book Club meets the second Monday of the month in the lounge at Portwalk Place from 6-7:30pm. Evenings include time for socializing followed by a moderated discussion. This month’s title is A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.

About the Book:

“It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . . . ” This is how Abby Whitshank always describes the day she fell in love with Red in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate an indefinable kind of specialness, but like all families, their stories reveal only part of the picture: Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red’s parents, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to the grandchildren carrying the Whitshank legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn house that has always been their anchor.

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For more information, please contact Jess Bunker (603.766.2176, JBunker@themusichall.org)

About Our Moderator

Dawn Heffron is a downtown Portsmouth resident and strong supporter of The Music Hall. Her background is in Special Education and teaching the hearing impaired. When asked about her favorite book, Dawn cited A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith as one of her all-time favorite novels “I love the main character, Francie; her resilience in the face of adversity, her honesty, and of course, her love of reading and books!” As for being the moderator of The Music Hall Book Club, “I couldn’t have chosen a more insightful, erudite group of people!” she says. “They enjoy reading as much as I do and they are forthright in sharing their contributions about the book selections, which makes for interesting and thought-provoking discussions.”