Book Discussions

Book Discussions

7:00 PM, St. Ed’s Library
No Registration Needed

Gather with a small informal group in St. Edward’s Library for lively give-and-take of opinions among other friendly parishioners. Anyone who has read the book is invited to and welcome at any or all evenings. A facilitator keeps the conversation moving. This is not a book “club.”


Wednesday, May 24: “The Two Family House” by Lynda Cohen Loigman

This story is set in Brooklyn in 1947. In the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born, minutes apart. The mothers are sisters by marriage: dutiful, quiet Rose, who wants nothing more than to please her difficult husband and warm, generous Helen, the exhausted mother of four rambunctious boys who seem to need her less and less each day. Raising their families side by side, supporting one another, Rose and Helen share an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic winter night. When the storm passes, life seems to return to normal; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and the once deep friendship between the two women begins to unravel. No one knows why, and no one can stop it. One misguided choice; one moment of tragedy. Heartbreak, at war with happiness, almost—but not quite—wins. Moving and evocative, Lynda Cohen Loigman’s debut novel The Two-Family House is a heart-wrenching, gripping multigenerational story, woven around the deepest of secrets.


“It is so much fun to be able to come to come to the St. Ed’s library, join other parishioners and have an in depth discussion about a book that has really moved you, or conversely one that you really disliked!”

“I try to read most of the discussion books. I love to discuss books and joining up with friends, new and old to discuss a good book is a good time.”