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Webster University Library Book Club

The Webster University Library Book Club meets bi-monthly to discuss both fiction and non-fiction books. Join us for meaningful discussions and explore new books. Everyone is welcome!

Webster University Library Book Club

Join Us!  Webster University Book Club will meet in person in the Library Conference Room (101 Edgar Road, St. Louis MO 63119) with a Zoom option for those who prefer.

Next meeting

May 6, 2024

12 p.m. (Central time) 

This Book Club read

The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

Book Club flyer for the Covenant of Water

About the book

"From the New York Times-bestselling author of Cutting for Stone comes a stunning and magisterial epic of love, faith, and medicine, set in Kerala, South India, following three generations of a family seeking the answers to a strange secret.

Spanning the years 1900 to 1977, The Covenant of Water is set in Kerala, on India’s Malabar Coast, and follows three generations of a family that suffers a peculiar affliction: in every generation, at least one person dies by drowning—and in Kerala, water is everywhere. At the turn of the century, a twelve-year-old girl from Kerala's Christian community, grieving the death of her father, is sent by boat to her wedding, where she will meet her forty-year-old husband for the first time. From this unforgettable new beginning, the young girl—and future matriarch, Big Ammachi—will witness unthinkable changes over the span of her extraordinary life, full of joy and triumph as well as hardship and loss, her faith and love the only constants.

A shimmering evocation of a bygone India and of the passage of time itself, The Covenant of Water is a hymn to progress in medicine and to human understanding, and a humbling testament to the hardships undergone by past generations for the sake of those alive today. Imbued with humor, deep emotion, and the essence of life, it is one of the most masterful literary novels published in recent years."

Description from GoodReads (2023)

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All Webster Book Club books for 2024 are located at the Circulation Desk on Level 1. Check-out a copy today!

Book Club flyer 2024

Interested in joining other Webster University Book Club reads? 

Check out the 2024 Book Club flyer!