PACG Book Club - Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall
Monday, January 15th at 5:15 pm - hybrid meeting
Edwards Congregational UCC
3420 Jersey Ridge Rd
Davenport, IA (map)
PACG Book Club
For January we will read and discuss Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall. The book is set in Canada in current times, but follows the lives of the characters in earlier decades before abortion was legal in Canada. Although abortion is a theme, there is more emphasis on mothers, daughters and relationships. I would consider it historical fiction.
Here is more about the book from Goodreads:
"A debut about three women whose lives are bound together by a long-lost letter, a mother’s love, and a secret network of women fighting for the right to choose—inspired by true stories."
"2017: When Angela Creighton discovers a mysterious letter containing a life-shattering confession, she is determined to find the intended recipient. Her search takes her back to the 1970s when a group of daring women operated an illegal underground abortion network in Toronto known only by its whispered code name: Jane."
"1971: As a teenager, Dr. Evelyn Taylor was sent to a home for “fallen” women where she was forced to give up her baby for adoption—a trauma she has never recovered from. Despite harrowing police raids and the constant threat of arrest, she joins the Jane Network as an abortion provider, determined to give other women the choice she never had."
"1980: After discovering a shocking secret about her family, twenty-year-old Nancy Mitchell begins to question everything she has ever known. When she unexpectedly becomes pregnant, she feels like she has no one to turn to for help. Grappling with her decision, she locates “Jane” and finds a place of her own alongside Dr. Taylor within the network’s ranks, but she can never escape the lies that haunt her."
Our February book will be Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism by Rachel Maddow. Read more about the book at this PACG Blog post.
Hope you can make it! Click on my name for a link to the Zoom meeting.