Intercontinental Readers Book Club

The Intercontinental Readers meet at 1:00 PM 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 2020 dates and book selections.

All descriptions from Amazon book reviews


The Transatlantic Book Club by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

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INSPIRED BY US!  Distance makes no difference to love.  Eager to cheer up her recently-widowed gran, Cassie Fitzgerald persuades Lissbeg library to set up a Skype book club, linking readers on Ireland's Finfarran Peninsula with the little US town of Resolve, where generations of Finfarran's emigrants have settled  But when the club decides to read a detective novel, old conflicts on both sides of the ocean are exposed, hidden love affairs come to light, and, as secrets emerge, Cassie fears she may have done more harm than good. Will the truths she uncovers about her granny Pat's marriage affect her own hopes of finding love Is Pat, who's still struggling with the death of her husband, about to fall out with her oldest friend or could the transatlantic book club itself hold the clue to a triumphant happy ending?


My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

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Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her.  Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life:  her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters.  Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself:  keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.

September 15, 2020 - POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE

The Lives of Women by Christine Dwyer Hickey

Book CoverFollowing a long absence spent in New York, Elaine Nichols returns to her childhood home to live with her invalid father. The house backing on to theirs is sold and as she watches the old furniture being removed, she is taken back to a summer in the 1970s when she was almost sixteen and this small out-of-town estate was an enclave for women and children while the men are mysterious shadows who leave every day for the outside world.

November 17, 2020 - POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE

The Last Ballad  by Wiley Cash

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Wiley Cash brings to life the heartbreak and bravery of the now forgotten struggle of the labor movement in early twentieth-century America—and pays tribute to the thousands of heroic women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers. Lyrical, heartbreaking, and haunting, this eloquent novel confirms Wiley Cash’s place among our nation’s finest writers.