Intercontinental Readers Book Club

The Intercontinental Readers meet at 1:00PM at the Peoria Public Library Main Branch in the Gallery Classroom. This is a unique book discussion that brings readers from Peoria and Clonmel together via Skype to share both American and Irish literature.

The following are the 2019 dates and book selections.


June 11th

Midwinter Break by Bernard Mac Laverty

A moving portrait of retired couple Gerry and Stella Gilmore's marriage in crisis, Bernard Mac Laverty reminds us why he is regarded as one of the greatest living Irish writers. Through accurate, compassionate observations and effortlessly elegant writing, Mac Laverty reveals the long-unspoken insecurities that exist between Gerry and Stella over their four-day holiday in Amsterdam, crafting a profound examination of human love.


September 10th

A Painted House by John Grisham

Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers and two very dangerous men came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries are flooding Luke's world.


November 12th

The Tide Between Us by Olive Collins

Part One tells us the story of Art O'Neill, who records his life in his final years. He begins with his boyhood in Ireland where he lived in the shadows of Lugdale Estate. After the local landlord was assassinated, Art was deported to the cane fields of Jamaica as an indentured servant on Mangrove Plantation. When he acclimatizes to the strange exotic country and bizarre customs of the African slaves, he assumes his days of English tyranny are finished until the arrival of the new heirs to Mangrove Plantation.

Part Two is base in Ireland and opens with the discovery of a skeleton beneath a tree on the grounds of Lugdale Estate with a gold coin minted in 1870. Yseult, the owner of Lugdale Estate watches the events unfold and recaps on the rumors that abounded about her father's beginnings in Jamaica, a country with 25% of the population claiming Irish descent. As the body gives up its secrets, Yseult realizes she too can no longer hide.