The JCCNV’s Special Needs Committee has launched a book club focusing on books about special needs, non-fictional stories of inspiration, and books related to disabilities to broaden our knowledge. Book club meetings are held at the J every six weeks from 6:30pm–7:30pm prior to the special needs committee meetings.
"Harmony" by Carolyn Parkhurst
Wednesday, October 26 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm @ The J
Amazon 5 star review:
[A] provocative page-turner." — People magazine
“In Parkhurst’s deft treatment, Harmony becomes a story of our time. . . Parkhurst cements herself as a writer capable of astonishing humanity and exquisite prose.” — The Washington Post
“Gorgeously written and patently original.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel, a taut, emotionally wrenching story of how a seemingly "normal" family could become desperate enough to leave everything behind and move to a "family camp" in New Hampshire — a life-changing experience that alters them forever.
How far will a mother go to save her family? The Hammond family is living in DC, where everything seems to be going just fine, until it becomes clear that the oldest daughter, Tilly, is developing abnormally — a mix of off-the-charts genius and social incompetence. Once Tilly — whose condition is deemed undiagnosable — is kicked out of the last school in the area, her mother Alexandra is out of ideas.
The family turns to Camp Harmony and the wisdom of child behavior guru Scott Bean for a solution. But what they discover in the woods of New Hampshire will push them to the very limit. Told from the alternating perspectives of both Alexandra and her younger daughter Iris (the book's Nick Carraway), this is an unputdownable story about the strength of love, the bonds of family, and how you survive the unthinkable.
Questions or comments? Email Jean Gurman.