May 25, 2024

Read THE WITCH ELM with Mary Washington’s Mother Of All Book Clubs

We are beginning the next round of reading in our online literary group, the Mother of All Book Clubs! This club is open to anyone with a connection to Mary Washington–alumni, parents, donors, faculty, and staff. Join us!

Our next selection is The Witch Elm, by Tana French. This book was a New York Times notable book and was named a Best Book of 2018 by a slate of publications and literary organizations.

Paraphrased from Amazon: Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who’s dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life. After surprising two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead, Toby struggles to recover from his injuries and takes refuge at his family’s ancestral home. When a skull is found in the trunk of a tree in the garden, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past might not be what it seemed. A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become–and what we’re capable of–when we no longer know who we are.

Pick up a copy of the book and start reading–we will begin posting discussion questions on Monday, June 14. You might have a small-business bookseller you like to support, or you might want to try your local library system. But if you need the book shipped, below are some links to larger online providers.

We look forward to reading with you!

All the best,
The Alumni Relations Team


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Looking ahead to future selections in order to get on library waitlists? Here are the next few books we plan to read (keep in mind that changes are possible):

The Shakespeare Requirement, by Julie Schumacher

Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

The Code Breaker, by Walter Isaacson