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    End of Your Life Book Club

    The Book of Polly, by Kathy Hepinstall

    Willow Havens is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to chase varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonize the neighbors'and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young modern mothers of their small conventional Texas town. She was in her late fifties when Willow was born, so Willow knows she's here by accident, a late-life afterthought. Willow's father died before she was born, her much older brother and sister are long grown and gone and failing elsewhere. It's just her and bigger-than-life Polly.

    Willow is desperately hungry for clues to the family life that preceded her, and especially Polly's life pre-Willow. Why did she leave her hometown of Bethel, Louisiana, fifty years ago and vow never to return? Who is Garland Jones, her long-ago suitor who possibly killed a man? And will Polly be able to outrun the Bear, the illness that finally puts her on a collision course with her past?

    This group is led by Rachel Bradley, LMSW and Maddie McClure, both from Hospice of the Midwest. This book discussion will especially appeal to those dealing with loss or illness or faced with making end of life decisions. Through the reading and discussing of books, both fiction and nonfiction, the group will discuss difficult issues common to us all. Everyone is welcome.

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