Faith and Fiction

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Faith & Fiction, the book club sponsored by First Presbyterian Church and now in its 31st year, invites anyone with an interest in reading and thoughtful discussion to join the group, which meets the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m., October through April, in Room N-123.

Quoting from a 1998 letter received from Jan Ross: “Art and I started the Faith and Fiction group to see what our Christian faith has to say about the situations with which such writers are dealing and about the themes they bring to the reader. I strongly believe that the Christian faith, as believed and practiced by people, belongs to the world rather than being isolated from it, and I believe that the Christian faith offers a critical stance for making sense of the world—the world as it is.” The group’s current co-chairs, Margie Laughlin and Jean Reed, suggest that readers keep this idea in mind as this year’s books are read. 

2017-2018 Reading List


OCTOBER 2, 2017 

The Zookeeper's Wife
by Diane Ackerman

A WWII story in Poland.

Discussion Leader: Al May







NOVEMBER 6, 2017

Marriage of Opposites
 by Alice Hoffman

The life story of Rachel, Mother of artist Camille Pissaro.

Discussion Leader: Shirley Barbel






DECEMBER 4, 2017 

Hillbilly Elegy
by J. D. Vance

A memoir of a family and culture in crisis.

Discussion Leader: Greg Holden






JANUARY 8, 2018 

Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shutterly

The newly-told story of the black women mathematicians who helped win the race for space.

Discussion Leader: Debbie Factor







FEBRUARY 5, 2018

Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult

A gripping moral dilemma that promises to make readers question all they know about privilege, power and race.

Discussion Leader: Cynthia Garrels





MARCH 5, 2018

Orhan's Inheritance
by Aline Ohanesian

When Orhan's grandfather dies Orhan inherits the rug business Kemai Turkoglu has built, but his estate goes to a stranger in Los Angeles.  Orhan unearths a story that could unravel his inheritance.

Discussion Leader: Linda Santoro







April 2, 2018         

The Door
by Magda Szabo

An unsettling exploration of the relationship between two very different women.

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