The Accidental Book Club

By Jennifer Scott
(NAL Trade, Paperback, 9780451418821, 368pp.)

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Writing a new future takes a little time—and a lot of love.

Jean Vison never expected to run a book club, until her life took an unexpected turn. Now, with Jean’s husband gone, what began as an off-the-cuff idea has grown into a group of six women who meet the second Tuesday of every month for a potluck supper, for wine and laughter—and for books.

There’s Loretta, who deals with the lack of intimacy in her marriage by diving into erotic novels. Dorothy, whose ruffian sons are a never-ending source of stress. May entertains the group with her outrageous dating stories, while Mitzi finds something political to rant about in every book—including Loretta’s trashy romances. Even Janet, with her mousy shyness and constant blush, has helped Jean rediscover the joy in life.

So when Jean’s family starts unraveling again—her daughter forced into rehab and her troubled teen granddaughter, Bailey, coming to live with her in the interim—she turns to the book club for comfort and support. And, together, they all, even Bailey, discover that family is what you make of it, especially the family you choose…

About the Author

Jennifer Scott made her adult fiction debut with The Sister Season. She also writes young adult fiction as Jennifer Brown, including Hate List, which was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA "Perfect Ten," and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She has written three other YA novels, including Bitter EndPerfect Escape, and Thousand Words. Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

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  1. The Accidental Book Club opens with the scene of Jean Vison, the founder of the book club, cooking a dish for the club members and struggling to make it “book club–worthy.” How does food become a bonding mechanism throughout the story? Do you think this attention to food detracts from the ultimate experience of the book club?

Praise For The Accidental Book Club

Praise for The Sister Season

“Emotionally honest and psychologically astute, The Sister Season is ultimately an uplifting story about the pull of the past, the need for forgiveness, and the redemptive power of familial love.”—Liza Gyllenhaal, author of A Place for Us

The Sister Season is a powerful, honest look at the harm that ripples out from every unkindness, and the strength inherent in the sisterly bond.”—Heidi Jon Schmidt, author of The Harbormaster’s Daughter

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