'Eden Springs' is Loutit District Library's book club book for May

"Eden Springs' by Laura Kasischkeas has been selected as the monthly reading group's book for May at Loutit District Library.
Becky Vargo
Apr 23, 2011

As a part of the “Made in Michigan Writers Series,” Eden Springs is an appropriate selection to lead the library in to Michigan Week, according to Mary Kay Moran adult services librarian. The author depicts the evolution of the House of David, founded in 1903 by Benjamin Purnell, a charismatic young man who converts followers — especially young women — with his visionary. He persuades them to await the end of the world at the cluster of mansions they build amid the luxuriant orchards of Benton Harbor.

Benjamin’s followers come from all over the world, but by April 1923, a suspicious death has occurred at the colony, and King Benjamin and his assistant-former teacher turned lover Cora Moon-try to cover it up. One jealous anointed favorite, the teenaged Lena McFarlane, decides to blow the whistle on King Benjamin’s seductions of his beautiful angels, leading to a mad rush to smother a simmering scandal.

Moran’s monthly book discussions are held every second Thursday of the month in LDL’s Program Room B from 7-8:30 p.m. Reading selections include fiction and non-fiction. Visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 842-5560, ext. 214 for more information.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Ave.

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