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After the End by Clare Mackintosh

everythingOur book club guru Karen has found one that is tailor made for book clubs. Booklist wrote “Heart-breaking tragedy and unthinkable decisions lie at the center of Mackintosh’s fourth novel, a turn towards a different type of suspense. Max and Pip Adams are the perfect couple, and they’re living the perfect life until their three-year-old son, Dylan, becomes critically ill. Forced to make a choice about his care and future, they find themselves at an impasse, unable to agree on which path is right. But what if it were possible to go down both roads? Mackintosh uses a clever combination of alternate narration and parallel stories to explore what happens to the Adams’ relationship if each of the possibilities is chosen. Inspired by a similar situation with her own son, Mackintosh makes readers question what makes a choice right or wrong. How can you move forward if you never know whether or not you did the right thing? Max and Pip are thoroughly relatable, compelling, and as are most people, complex. Sure to keep fans of Jodi Picoult or of Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage thinking about issues of morality and marriage long after the last page.” Karen said she couldn’t put it down.

Harvest Tea & Silent Auction trivia contest

The Friends of the Red Wing Public Library are hosting the Second Annual Harvest Tea and Silent Auction on Thursday, October 17. Attendees will savor a full “high tea,” enjoy a welcome cocktail, taste some teas, and perhaps meet best-selling author Laura Childs, who will be available for book signings and conversation, as well as a ‘mystery’ she has in store.

The price per ticket is $35 but two lucky people – the winners of our trivia contest – will get in free! You can find all the rules on the entry form, but please keep in mind the entries are due by 6:00pm on September 27.

Proceeds will fund a Digital Inclusion Program to make wireless “hot spots” available for patrons of the Red Wing Public Library, providing Internet access to those who may not have it available at home.

Don’t forget Lorna Landvik coming to the library this Saturday!

llandvikMinnesota resident, author and comedian Lorna Landvik will be at the library this Saturday, September 14, at 10am in the library’s Foot Room. She will discuss her latest book, Chronicles of a Radical Hag, a bittersweet, seriously funny novel of a life, a small town, and a key to our troubled times, raced through a newspaper columnist’s half-century of taking in, and taking on, the world. She’ll also share her excitement about an upcoming short film based on her Depression era novel Oh My Stars. Ms. Landvik has visited our library before, to rave reviews. Don’t miss your chance to hear this talented and hilarious author!