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DPL Book Club: Things in Jars

October 18 @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm

October’s selection is Things in Jars, by Jess Kidd.

From the publisher:

Bridie Devine—flame-haired, pipe-smoking detective extraordinaire—is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick, secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, and a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured the unwanted attention of collectors in this age of discovery.

Winding her way through the sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won’t rest until she finds the young girl, even if it means unearthing secrets about her past that she’d rather keep buried. Luckily, her search is aided by an enchanting cast of characters, including a seven-foot-tall housemaid; a melancholic, tattoo-covered ghost; and an avuncular apothecary. But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where nothing is quite what it seems.

Blending darkness and light, Things in Jars is a stunning, “richly woven tapestry of fantasy, folklore, and history” (Booklist, starred review) that explores what it means to be human in inhumane times.

Simon and Schuster

This book club is for adults 21 and over, and meets at Dormont Public Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave. There is no charge to attend.

Copies of the book will be available at the library soon after September’s book club meeting; ebook and audiobook versions are also available through Libby.