Come to a special Great Group Reads Book Club meeting with guest author Ann Weisgarber! Tuesday, June 2, 6:30 PM, at Park Road Books

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we’re taking the list of 2014 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.

Our book for our June 2 meeting is….

PB cover of The Promise-1 (534x800)

by Ann Weisgarber
author of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree 

Skyhorse Publishing

 A special note about our June 2 meeting!  

Tuesday, June 2
6:30 PM
Park Road Books, Park Road Shopping Center, Charlotte

We’re delighted to announce that Ann Weisgarber, author of THE PROMISE, our Great Group Reads Book Club selection for June, will join us in person for a lively discussion of her novel.

On this occasion, we will meet at Park Road Books at 6:30 PM, combining our book club with the store’s book club.  The more the merrier!

This event is open to the public, so please invite your own book club members, friends, anyone who would be interested in joining us this evening. We look forward to seeing you there!

THE PROMISE is out in paperback now from Skyhorse Publishing. Get your copy today!

A Women’s National Book Association 2014 Great Group Read Selection
The Pulpwood Queen Bonus Book of the Year Award
The Pulpwood Queen Book Club Pick for October
Finalist, The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
Finalist, Spur Award for Best Western Historical Fiction
Finalist, The Ohioana Book Award for Fiction

In THE PROMISE, critically acclaimed and award-winning novelist Weisgarber returns with a deeply moving story about the Galveston, Texas 1900 Storm, the worst natural disaster in the United States in the twentieth century. While there are accounts of what happened to the city of Galveston and its residents, little has been written about what happened to the families on the rural, isolated end of the island, something Weisgarber sought to remedy.

The story begins a few weeks before the storm and is told by two narrators. The first narrator, Catherine Wainwright, is a concert pianist fleeing scandal and Ohio society by marrying Oscar Williams, a recently widowed dairy farmer who lives on the island. The second narrator is Nan Ogden, the local young woman Oscar hired to care for his home and small, grieving son, Andre.

Nan has grown attached to Oscar and Andre, and she struggles to accept Catherine in the household. As for Catherine, she is overwhelmed by her secrets, by motherhood, and by the rougher surroundings. But when the hurricane strikes, Catherine and Nan are tested as never before.

Weisgarber Picture credit Christine Meeker (2) (589x800)Ann Weisgarber’s first novel was The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, which actress Viola Davis’s JuVee Productions has optioned the film rights. For her first novel, Weisgarber was nominated for England’s 2009 Orange Prize and for the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers. In the United States, she won the Stephen Turner Award for New Fiction and the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction. She was shortlisted for the Ohioana Book Award and was a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writer. Weisgarber serves on the selection committee for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction and is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. Originally from Ohio, she now divides her time between Sugar Land, Texas and Galveston, Texas.

To learn more, please visit her website at


“Warm and winning.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“With The Promise, Weisgarber has delivered a second novel of finely drawn characters anchored by historical events. It’s the sort of tale that you find yourself staying up late at night to finish.”—Dallas Morning News

“The narration is split between Catherine and Nan, Weisgarber doing an admirable job in distinguishing between the two, the voice of each ringing out clearly. So, too, her description of the storm itself is wonderfully atmospheric, the fear of her protagonists mounting minute by minute, the tension as thick as the heavy Texan summer air. Combine this with heartbreaking historical details, such as an entire orphanage swept away by the sea, and you have the perfect ingredients for vintage historical fiction.”—The Independent (UK)

“… The Promise is the work of a skilled storyteller….a beautiful, deeply engaging story about love, loss, and the power of secrets to change our lives.”—Booklist

“…full of surprises, impossible to predict.”—Florida Weekly


Our meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 PM, at the Panera on Fairview near SouthPark – see dates below. We have chosen books to take us through to next October when there will be a new Great Group Reads list released. If you have questions about our Book Club, please contact Kristen Knox at


These are the books we’re reading in 2014-2015: 

November 4 – THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster, 978-1476729091) 
December 2 – THE ORPHANS OF RACE POINT by Patry Francis (Harper Perennial, 978-0062281302)
January 6 — AN UNTAMED STATE by Roxane Gay (Black Cat, 978-0802122513) 
February 3 – THE WORLD OF RAE ENGLISH by Lucy Rosenthal (Black Lawrence Press, 978-1937854393)
March 3 – MARCHING TO ZION by Mary Glickman (Open Road Media, 978-1480435629) 
April 7 — CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE by Sahar Delijani (Atria Books, 978-1476709109) 
May 5 — THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin Books, 978-1616203214) 
June 2 — THE PROMISE by Ann Weisgarber (Skyhorse Publishing, 978-1629142364) 
July 7 — ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, 978-1476746586) 
August 4 — EUPHORIA by Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press, 978-0802122551) 
September 1 — EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press, 978-1594205712) 
October 6 — WHAT IS VISIBLE by Kimberly Elkins (Twelve, 978-1455528967) 
For more information, please go to our Book Club page

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