Hagaman Library Book Discussion: “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern on Monday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m. (location of discussion to be determined)
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.
Hagaman’s book clubs are free and open to everyone. Print copies of the book are available to borrow through the library by calling 203-468-3890. You may also borrow the eBook of The Starless Sea through Hagaman Memorial Library’s version of SimplyE. To join the book club or to sign up for this particular discussion, please contact Cynthia via email.
For more information on how to make an account in SimplyE, please see this video tutorial.