Book Group: Fiction and Films

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Book Group: Fiction and Films

December's Selection: Heading Out to Wonderful

Heading Out to Wonderful book coverThis month, the Fiction Lover's Book Club read Heading Out to Wonderful, by Robert Goolrick, for discussion at our December meeting. Penned by the author of A Reliable Wife, a reader's favorite, this novel tells the story of two outsiders in the deceptively placid town of Brownsburg, Virginia located in a valley in the shadow of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. 

The plot revolves around secrets, lust, and infidelity. Set in the late 1940s, the story also speaks to small town American life and aspirations after the war, as the rest of the country is on the threshhold of the modern.
Postage stamp featuring Virginia
(Check out our interactive reading guide for Heading Out to Wonderful.)

Fiction Lover's Film Companion


A Simple Twist of Fate DVD coverThis month's Fiction Lover's Film Companion was A Simple Twist of Fate, starring Starring Steve Martin, Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne and Stephen Baldwin.  In the film, a divorced man retreats into the solitary life of a furniture maker in rural Virginia, heartbroken over infidelity in his marriage.  One day, he discovers that a seemingly orphaned toddler has wandered into his home and into his heart. He adopts her, not knowing that sooner or later a wealthy local politician will decide to claim her as his own. 

The film is modeled on the novel Silas Marner by George Eliot.  Directed by Gillies MacKinnon, the film was released in 1994 and runs 106 minutes.  It is rated PG-13.

Times and Dates

The Fiction Lover's Book Club discussed Heading Out to Wonderful on Monday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 221.  A Twist of Fate was screened on Monday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. in Room A-5, on the library's lower level.