Calais Bookshop Selects “Winter’s Tale” by Mark Helprin for Feb. 12 Reading Group

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 Calais Bookshop has selected “Winter’s Tale”, by Mark Helprin, for its next reading group on Wednesday, Feb. 12 when the first half of the book will be discussed and the second half will be discussed the following month on Mar. 12. 

“Mark Helprin’s masterpiece will transport you to New York of the Belle Epoque, to a city clarified by a siege of unprecedented snows. One winter night, Peter Lake – master mechanic and second-story man – attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks it is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between a middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl dying of consumption. It is a love so powerful that Peter Lake, a simpler and uneducated man, will be driven to stop time and bring back the dead. His great struggle is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature,” according to the book’s cover. 

“Winter’s Tale” is being released as a film this Feb. 14.

 This is the 97th book group in an ongoing reading program available at Calais Bookshop, 405 Main St. Group begins at 5:30 p.m. (U.S. time). For book group schedules and other program information, call 454-1110 or like us on Facebook.