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Book Club


1997 to 2018

Trinity Book Club


1997 to 2018

Books, authors and (from 2005 on) Barb's one-line summaries

for the 210 volumes we have read to date.

Long may we read!

1997 ― 1998

September Song of Solomon Tony Morrison

October Fall on Your Knees Ann-Marie MacDonald

November Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez

December The Pianoman’s Daughter Timothy Findley

January Fugi ve Pieces Anne Michaels

February Away Jane Urquhart

March Le ers from Wingfield Farm Dan Needles


Who Has Seen the Wind?

(or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn?)

W. O. Mitchell

May Such a Long Journey Rohinton Mistry

June A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley

1998 ― 1999

September The God of Small Things Arundha Roy

October A Dry Spell Susie Maloney

November Larry’s Party Carol Shields

December Barney’s Version Mordecai Richler

January The Girl at the Lion D’Or Sebas an Faulks

February Beloved Toni Morrison

March Cold Mountain Charles Frazier

April Where the Heart Is Billie Le s

May Murther and Walking Spirits Robertson Davies

June A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Be y Smith

1999 ― 2000


Discussing summer reading and choosing books

October The Reader Bernard Schlink

November The Pilot’s Wife Anita Shreve

December Harry Po er and the Philosopher’s Stone J. K. Rowling

January A Widow for One Year John Irving

February Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

March I Know This Much is True Wally Lamb

April The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver

May Harry Po er and the Prisoner of Azkaban J. K. Rowling

June Elizabeth and A er Ma Cohen

2000 ― 2001

September Discussing summer reading and choosing books

October Death du Jour Kathy Reichs

November Pilgrim Timothy Findley

December A Recipe for Bees Gail Anderson Dargatz

January Sisters in the Wilderness Charlo e Gray

February No Great Mischief Alistair McLeod

March We Were the Mulvaneys Joyce Carol Oates

April While I Was Gone Sue Miller

May House of Sand and Fog Andre Dubus III

June The Red Tent Anita Diamant

2001 ― 2002

September Discussing summer reading and choosing books

October The Girl in the Picture Denise Chong


The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.

(Book 1 of 3)

Sandra Gulland

December Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis de Bernieres

January The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood

February Stones from the River Ursula Hegge

March The Stone Angel Margaret Lawrence

April Fortune’s Rocks Anita Shreve

May The Stone Carvers Jane Urquhart

June Charlo e Gray Sebas en Faulks

2002 ― 2003

September A Student of Weather Elizabeth Hay

October Clara Callan Richard B. Wright

November River Thieves Michael Crummey

December Do or Die Barbara Fradkin

January Too Close to the Falls Catherine Gildiner

February The Icing on the Corpse Mary Jane Maffini

March The Ash Garden Dennis Bock

April Na on Builders: Barnardo Children in Canada Gail Corbe

May The Girl with the Pearl Earring Tracey Chevalier

June Life of Pi Yann Martel

2003 ― 2004

September The Lost Garden Helen Humphries

October Flint and Feather Charlo e Gray

November Crow Lake Mary Lawson

December The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd

January Elle Douglas Glover

February Balzac and the Li le Chinese Seamstress Dai Sijie

March Atonement Ian McEwan

April The Last Crossing Guy Vanderhaeghe

May One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez

June Garbo Laughs Elizabeth Hay

2004 ― 2005

September Deafening Frances Itani

October Our Lady of the Forest David Guterson

November As the Crow Flies Ann Marie McDonald

December The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom

January I’m Not Scared Niccolò Ammani

February The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nigh me Mark Haddon

March The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

April English Passengers Ma hew Kneale

May The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown

June The #1 Ladies Detec ve Agency Alexander McCall Smith











2005 ― 2006

Cold Dark Ma er

A Morgan O’Brien mystery involving research scien sts, set in Hawaii and O awa.

The Holding

Compares the lives of a modern, back to the lander woman and a pioneer woman on same


The Birth of Venus

Art and history in renaissance Florence.

Green Grass, Running Water

Humorous, current and ancient na ve culture.

Rush Home Road

Older woman takes in an abandoned girl. Set in the black communi es of southwestern


Shadow of the Wind

Winding tale, mystery of all copies of a novel being destroyed, set in Barcelona.

Bel Canto

Lavish birthday party in South America ends with guests being taken hostage for months.

A Million Li le Pieces

Controversial pseudo-biographical tale of one man’s stay in an addic on treatment centre.

Seduc on

Woman who murdered her husband let out of prison to solve mystery involving followers of


S ll Life

Mystery set in small town in Quebec’s eastern townships. First of the Insp. Gamache series.

Alex Bre

Merilyn Simonds

(local author)

Sarah Dunant

Tom King

Lori Lansens

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Ann Patche

James Frey

Katherine Gildiner

Louise Penny











Discussing summer reading and choosing books.

2006 ― 2007

The Good Earth

Pulitzer prize winner from 60 years ago about Chinese farmer Wang Lung

The Nego ator

Mystery/thriller in which man nego ates the release of the US President’s son, a university

student in England

A Complicated Kindness

16 year old Nomi Nickel lives with dad in a small Manitoba Mennonite town, but mom and

sister are gone.

The Russlander

Katya lives in a prosperous Russian Mennonite community. Tensions arise among farm workers

during WW 1.

A Short History of Progress

Dissects the cyclical nature of humanity's development and demise, the 10,000-year old

experiment that we've unleashed, but have yet to control.

Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey

A young Canadian describes the people she and her companion meet as they travel in Iran.

The Poet

Following the murder of his twin brother, a journalist par cipates in the inves ga on .

Map of Glass

An older slightly au s c woman, Sylvia, searches out ar st Jerome in Toronto, who found the

body of her lover, Andrew. Set in Eastern Ontario.

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

The story of Pearl Tull and her now three grown children

Pearl S. Buck

Frederick Forsyth

Miriam Toews

Sandra Birdsell

Ronald Wright

Alison Wearing

Michael Connelly

Jane Urquhart

Anne Tyler











Discussing summer reading and choosing books.

2007 ― 2008

Sweetness in the Belly

Lilly, born to hippie parents and brought up Muslim in Ethiopia, works as a nurse in London

The Bookseller of Kabul

Life in A anistan in 2002 as witnessed by a reporter living with the family of a bookseller.

The Alchemist

Boy shepherd on a quest for his personal legend. A fable.

Gap Creek

Story opens when teenaged Julie marries Hank, works very hard and is beset by many


Water for Elephants

Penniless at the height of the Depression, Jacob Jankowski jumps on a passing train and

inadvertently runs away with the circus.

The Time Traveller’s Wife

A love story about Clare and Henry, her modern day me travelling husband.

A Long Way Down

A story of four people who were planning to commit suicide on New Year's Eve who then bump

into each other and make a pact not to.

Two Solitudes

Canadian classic of French and English Canada around WW 1.


Two intersec ng stories: one of Anna, Claire, their father and adopted farmhand Cooper in

California, and another tale set in rural France.

Camilla Gibb

Asne Seierstad

Paulo Coelho

Robert Morgan

Sara Gruen

Audrey Niffenegger

Nick Hornby

Hugh MacLennan

Michael Ondaatje











2008 ― 2009

Late Nights on Air

Eccentric characters, all transplants from elsewhere, run a radio sta on in Yellowknife.

My Sister’s Keeper

Anna was conceived as a perfect cell donor match for her cancer-ridden older sister. Told from

points of view of family, lawyer and guardian.

The Cellist of Sarajevo

Follows four people trying to survive war-torn Sarajevo. A cellist vows to play at the point of a

mortar impact for 22 days, a day for each vic m.

The Uncommon Reader

Queen Elizabeth II discovers a mobile library and under the tutelage of a kitchen worker,

develops an unexpected passion for reading.


Life story of Somali woman’s internal struggle with her Muslim faith, who when forced into a

marriage, seeks asylum in the Netherlands.

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

Esme is released from an Edinburgh asylum a er 60 years into the care of a great-niece.

The Birth House

Set in a Nova Sco an village before WWI, conflict between a midwife, and an obstetrician.

Lullabies for Li le Criminals

A 12 year old Montrealer, her drug addicted father, foster homes an d juvenile deten on.

A Prayer for Owen Meany

Owen Meany, a dwarf, accidentally kills his friend's mom, and foreseen his death in a vision.

The Power of One

An English boy’s childhood in South Africa during WW II, and the racial strife he witnessed.

Elizabeth Hay

Jodi Picoult

Steven Galloway

Alan Benne

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Maggie O’Farrell

Ami McKay

Heather O’Neill

John Irving

Bryce Courtenay











2009 ― 2010

The Pillars of the Earth

Story set in 12 th century England, concerning the building of a cathedral.

An Equal Music

The violinist in a English quartet runs into an old girlfriend, Julia, a pianist.

The Thirteenth Tale

Daughter of an quarian bookseller recounts the life story of elderly Vida Winter, a well -loved


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Correspondance from a Society member chronicles Guernsey life during German occupa on.

The Gargoyle

A porn star suffers serious burns and recovers with the help of a schizophrenic fellow pa ent.

Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?

Interwoven stories of three Indian women, with backdrop of a fragmen ng Punjab and Canada.

The Fat Women Next Door is Pregnant

Follows the characters in a working class French Candian community over one day.

S ll Alice

First person account of a 50-year-old American university professor’s sudden desccent into


The Girl with the Dragon Ta oo

Disgraced Swedish financial journalist and young Lisbeth, superhacker, inves gate decades -

long disappearance of teen heiress.

The Lace Reader

Troubled woman returns to Salem a er her great aunt, who used to foretell the future by

reading lace, disappears.

Ken Folle

Vikram Seth

Diane Se erfield

Mary Ann Shaffer

Andrew Davidson

Anita Badami

Michel Tremblay

Lisa Genova

S eg Larsson

Brunonia Barry











2010 ― 2011

World Without End

Sequel to Pillars of the Earth set in 14th-century Kingsbridge.

The Help

Young southern white woman, wri ng on treatment of black, domes c servants in 1962.

The Forgo en Garden

A mul genera on tale, back and forth through me in Australia and England, centred on a

toddler girl abandoned on a ship.

Eat, Pray, Love

Woman travels to Italy, India and Bali following a divorce and breakup.

The Bishop’s Man

Priest sent by Bishop to a mari me outport to inves gate possible abuse.

Day A er Night

Story of four female Holocaust survivors based on the real Bri sh Atlit internment camp for

“illegal” immigrants in 1945.

In the Land of Long Fingernails (or Random Passage by Bernice Morgan)

Summer job experiences at Toronto cemetery, 1969.

The House of All Sorts

Short stories of a Canadian ar st’s experiences running a rooming house in the 1940's.

The Hour I First Believed

Story of a couple and the 1999 Columbine shoo ng, how their lives unravel, and their family


Let the Great World Spin

Two Irish brothers, one a priest, in New York City in the 70's .

Ken Folle

Kathryn Stocke

Kate Morton

Elizabeth Gilbert

Linden MacIntyre

Anita Diamant

Charles Wilkins

Emily Carr

Wally Lamb

Colum McCann











2011 ― 2012

Wai ng for Time

Con nues the story told in Random Passage of Cape Random se lers, interwoven with the story

of a 20 th century descendant of Lavinia, who moves to Newfoundland

Secret Daughter

Interwoven stories of an American doctor and her Indian husband who adopt an Indian baby

girl, and the circumstances that led the birth mother to give up her baby.

Laurier in Love

Fic onalized bio of Sir Wilfred Laurier, his wife Zoe and lover Emil ie in early 20 th century O awa.

Any one of the numbered mysteries about private inves gator Stephanie Plum, such as Sizzling

Sixteen or Explosive Eighteen.

The Postmistress

WW II story linking Iris James, a postmistress in New England, and an American radio journalist.

The Cat's Table

An eleven year old boy travels alone on a ship bound for England in the early 1950's.

The Glassblower of Murano

Leonora Manin, a glassblower in Venice is linked to a glassblowing ancestor on Murano in 1600s.

People of the Book

Story of rare book expert Hanna Heath restoring the Sarajevo Haggadah, an illustrated Jewish

religious text, and reconstruc ng the book’s long journey using the clues found within it.

My Name is Memory

A love story of Daniel and Lucy, and their past life encounters over the centuries.

The Paris Wife

Fic onal account of the early days of Ernest Hemingway’s wri ng career in the 1920's though

the eyes of the first of his four wives, Hadley Richardson., “suppor ve wife to a budding genius.”

Bernice Morgan

Shilpi Gowda

Roy MacSkimming

Janet Evanovich

Sarah Blake

Michael Ondaatje

Marina Fiorato

Geraldine Brooks

Ann Brashares

Paula McLain











2012 ― 2013

The Dovekeepers

Four strong women help Jewish town of Masada hold out against the Romans 2000 years ago.


Ar st Ben Okuma remembers his early life in which his Japanese Canadian family was uprooted

and interned in a camp in Bri sh Columbia during the Second World War.

The Seven Sisters

Newly divorced middle aged woman arrives in London, takes a class in Virgil, and subsequently

organizes a tour of Naples as described in The Aneid for a group of mostly unmarried females.


Michael Beard, philanderer and Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him,

half heartedly heads a government-backed ini a ve tackling global warming.

The Night Circus

A fantasy-like circus,is the backdrop for a fierce compe on between two young musicians .

Far Side of the Sky

Dr. Franz Adler, an Austrian Jew , escapes the Nazis in 1938, to Japanese-invaded Shanghai.


Abandoned, two sisters live a troubled life un l 14-year-old Maggie searches for her mother.

Doomsday Book

Kivrin, a student, me-travels to 14 th century England, but catchs the plague and can’t return.

Joyner’s Dream

Family saga with a dubious legacy: a love of music coupled with a persistent knack for thieving.

The Light Between Oceans

Lighthouse keepers find a boat carrying a dead man and a living baby, who they claim as their

own. On their return to the mainland, they find the child’s mother and make difficult choices.

Alice Hoffman

Frances Itani

Margaret Drabble

Ian McEwan

Erin Morganstern

Daliel Kalla

Frances Greenslade

Connie Willis

Sylvia Tyson

M. L. Stedman











2013 ― 2014

Fall of Giants

A new historical epic begins, as five interrelated families move through the momentous dramas of

the First World War, the Russian Revolu on, and the struggle for women’s suffrage .

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Quirky story about a nursing home escapee who takes an unexpected journey

The Last Runaway

A young, Quaker woman moves to Ohio in 1850, and is drawn into Underground Railroad ac vi es.

Buddha in the A c

Aa group of “picture brides” is brought from Japan to San Francisco nearly a century ago.

The Firebird

Paranormal and romance mix as a woman with the secret ability to hold an object and see the past

teams up with a man with even greater powers to authen cate the origin of a carved bird.

A Woman in the Polar Night

Memoirs of an Austrian woman who in 1934 joins her husband on a small, remote Norwegian island.

And the Mountains Echoed

In an Afghanistan village in 1952 an impoverished man must give up one of his children to survive.

Follows the impact on his descendants and acquaintances over the next half century.

The Winter Palace

In the treacherous Russian court, a servant girl becomes a cunning royal spy, and a naïve German

duchess becomes Catherine the Great.


Story narrated by a five-year-old, who lives in a single room with his kidnapped mother.


Calgary man is taken in by a “419” Nigerian email scam. Intertwined with the stories of a young

woman escaping her past life, and a young man in the oil industry.

Ken Folle





Julie Otsuka



Chris ane

Ri er



Eva Stachniak



Will Ferguson











(Prepare book list)

2014 ― 2015

The Ambassador’s Daughter

A love story set at a post WW1 Paris peace conference.

The Orenda or The Inconvenient Indian

The first is a work of historical fic on recrea ng the earliest contacts between na ves and

missionaries. The second relates what it has meant to be an Indian in North America.

The Rosie Project

A gene cs professor with Asperger-like tendencies designs a ques onnaire to find the perfect

partner and finds Rosie, a seemingly highly unsuitable candidate.

The Cartographer of No Man’s Land

A Nova Sco an, Angus, caught between a remote wife, a disapproving father, and a son seeking

guidance, enlists in WW1 hoping to find Ebbin, his brother-in-law and best friend.

The Orphan Train

As a young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest

with hundreds of other children, and experiences several difficult living situa ons

Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

Set in Trinidad and Toronto. A mother who vanished from her son’s life reappears as a man.

The Book Thief

Death narrates the story of Liesl, her foster parents, and Max, the Jewish fugi ve they hid e.

A Spear of Summer Grass

Delilah is exiled to 1920's Kenya. Murder, racism, and romanc e ensue. This is a Harlequin.


A picture of a small, southern Ontario town, Deseronto, at the end of the first World War and

how the veterans and others struggled to return to a "normal" life.

Pam Jenoff

Joseph Boyden


Thomas King

Graeme Simsion

P. S. Duffy

Chris na Baker


Shani Mootoo

Marcus Zusak

Deanna Raybourn

Frances Itani











2015 ― 2016

Flee, Fly, Flown

Two women break out of seniors’ home and travel cross country.

The Story of a Beau ful Girl

Ins tu onalized deaf man and developmentally-delayed woman have a child and are then


Sta on Eleven

Follows six people through 20 years a er a pandemic causes modern civilisa on to collapse.


Vigne es from a Vietnamese girl/woman who immigrates to Quebec.

Life A er Life

Inven ve novel follows Ursula, born (many mes) in 1910 England, and the different paths her

life takes a er various watershed moments and do-overs.. Reliving a life un l you get it right.

Who By Fire

The effect of a 1960's sour gas plant on a southern Alberta family.

At the Water’s Edge

A young American couple and another man go to Scotland to hunt the Loch Ness monster and

restore a father’s reputa on.

In the Unlikely Event

Follows a broad cast of characters of a 1950s American town that experience three airplane

disasters in rapid succession.

The Back of the Turtle

Scien st Gabriel returns to a na ve reserve years a er a devasta ng environmental disaster.

Far from the Madding Crowd

Set in rural Victorian England, shepherd Gabriel Oak is one of Bathsheba’s three suitors.

Janet Hepburn

Rachel Simon

Emily St. John


Kim Thuy

Kate Atkinson

Fred Stenson

Sara Gruen

Judy Blume

Thomas King

Thomas Hardy











2016 ― 2017

The Nest

Four adult siblings believe their joint trust fund will solve a host of self-inflicted problems.

They Le Us Everything

The author and her brothers have conflicted feelings as they empty and sell their family home.

The Nigh ngale

The story of two sisters each embarking on dangerous paths in German-occupied, WW 2 France.

The Children Act

London judge must decide a case of a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness whose parents will not

permit a lifesaving blood transfusion.

I Let You Go

Woman moves to a remote Welsh coast co age to escape the memory of a hit and run car

accident where a child is killed. Twist at the end.

All the Light We Cannot See

Blind French girl and German boy’s paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive war.


Moses Sweetland resists a compensa on package to rese le away from his remote

Newfoundland village, and then fakes his death in order to stay.

Life Is So Good

A slave’s grandson who learned to read at age 98 and lived to 103 shares valuable life lessons.

Lord of the Flies

Classic tale of schoolboys marooned on a coral island, who degenerate into fearsome gangs.

The Wonder

An 1850s Irish village is baffled by a girl’s self-inflicted fast. English nurse is hired to determine if

girl is a fraud.

Cynthia D’Aprix


Plum Johnson

Kris n Hannah

Ian McEwan

Clare Mackintosh

Anthony Doerr

Michael Crummy

George Dawson

William Golding

Emma Donoghue











2017 ― 2018

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Follows two linked families in China from late 1940s to Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.

My Notorious Life

An impoverished immigrant child in 1860’s New York becomes an abor onist.

The Glass Castle

Memoir recounts the unconven onal, povertystricken upbringing Walls and her siblings had at

the hands of their dysfunc onal parents.

Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing

Essays by high functioning au s c savant polyglot explore various global languages.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Dystopian novel from 1985 set in a near-future New England, focuses on handmaid whose role

is to bear a child for a ruling class couple.

The Language of Flowers

A young woman with a gi for floral design, newly released from the foster-care system,

struggles to overcome her troubled past.

The Bonese er’s Daughter

Woman with elderly, demented mother learns the secrets of her mother’s life in China.

The Secret to Hummingbird Cake

Southern women, friends since childhood, s ck together when one is diagnosed with cancer.

Bear Town

Na onal semi-final match and the rape of a teenaged girl in a small isolated Swedish hockey

town send shockwaves through the community.


Re ring Kingston Pen guard returning to Nova Sco a is drawn into trial over death of a local girl

when it turns out he had dealings with the suspect.

Madeleine Thien

Kate Manning

Jeanne e Walls

Daniel Tammet

Margaret Atwood



Amy Tan

Celeste Fletcher


Frederick Backman

Lindon Macintyre

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