Barrie’s November Girly Book Club
Fionn MacCool's, 547, Cundles Rd E, Barrie, ON L4M 0G9, Canada
Things are taking a turn for November as we swan dive into a historical fiction tale filled with fantasy and mystery in Diane Setterfield’s Once Upon a River, where solstice is a time of dreaming, a time of stories and a time of magic.
On a dark, misty night in the small English village of Radcot, locals gather at the Swan Inn to cap their day with drinks and lore. The evening is like any other until a mysterious man bursts into the inn, sopping and bloodied and carrying an unconscious four-year-old girl. But before he can explain who he and the child are, and how they came to be injured, he collapses. No recognizes the man or child.
Upriver, two families are searching desperately for their missing daughters. Alice Armstrong has been missing for twenty-four hours, ever since her mother’s suicide. And Amelia Vaughan vanished without a trace two years prior. When the families learn of the lost little girl at the Swan Inn, each wonders if their child has at last been found. But identifying the child may not be as easy as it seems.
Once Upon a River is a miracle of a novel, a tale of love and family, of secrets and betrayal, and of the transformative power of storytelling. We look forward to discussing it with all of you this month!