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Southwest Book Club Meets January 6

gardenspellsjacket.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it

The book may be reserved for home delivery or location pick-up at http://www.ocls.info

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Discussion Questions
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1. Could you be persuaded that certain plants have powers, as Claire describes and uses them? If you believed you possessed the magical powers that Claire has inherited, how would you use them? What's the first thing you would do?

2. The four Waverley women in this novel (Claire, Sydney, Bay, Evanelle) have special gifts. Which of the four gifts would you like to have yourself? Why?

3. Which character changes the most over the course of the book? What does he or she learn? What had to take place in order for this to happen?

4. Do you consider this to be a "southern" novel? Besides its setting, what characteristics make it so?

5. If you know that biting into a Waverley apple would reveal your future, would you bite? Why or why not?

Questions obtained from Readinggroupguides.com

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