Date(s) - Tuesday, August 27, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Salem Public Library
The Salem Public Library Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, in the library’s Quaker Room located at 821 E. State St., Salem, OH 44460. The book to be discussed is Nathaniel Hawthorn’s, The Scarlet Letter.
The story begins in seventeenth-century Boston, then a Puritan community. A young woman, Hester Prynne, is led from the town prison with her infant daughter and the scarlet letter “A” on her chest. A man in the crowd tells an elderly onlooker that Hester is being publicly punished for her adultery. Hester’s husband, a scholar much older than she is, sent her ahead to America but he never arrived in Boston. The belief is that he has been lost at sea. While waiting for her husband, Hester has apparently had an affair, as she has given birth to a child. She will not reveal the identity of her child’s father, however, and the scarlet letter, along with her public shaming is her punishment for her sin and secrecy. The story continues weaving the characters throughout as the mystery of who was Hester’s lover is ultimately acknowledged.
The discussion group is open to the public and free of cost to attend. New participants are welcomed. No registration is required. The book is available to borrow in the library’s Adult Circulation Department. Contact the library at 330-332-0042 if you have questions.