The Book That Matters Most (Hardcover)

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This book has it all:  love, death, marriage, friendship, heroin addiction (and survival of) and a mystery you won't be expecting. Being a former librarian I thoroughly enjoyed the library book group plot line.  Each group member selected a book that mattered most to them - interesting discussions of each book, although too small a part of the novel, was enormously entertaining.  I read the book in two days!  The ending wraps up nicely without being trite.

— From The Book That Matters Most, by Ann Hood


Ava's twenty-five-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group's goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood--one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Alternating with Ava's story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man. Ava's mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393241655
ISBN-10: 0393241653
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: August 9th, 2016
Pages: 368
Language: English