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Heartbreak and hope in the new Together We Read book club pick, “One Summer in Savannah”


Feb 21, 2024

One Summer in SavannahThis latest Together We Read U.S book club pick, One Summer in Savannah by Terah Shelton Harris, asks deeply interrogating questions of family, redemption and unconditional love in the sweltering summer heat of Savannah, as two people discover what it means to truly forgive.

In the eight years since a terrifying sexual assault, Sara Lancaster has moved far away from her home in Savannah, Georgia in an attempt to leave the past behind her. Besides her emotional scars, the one thing that will always remain with her is her outgoing, curious daughter, Alana - the brightest light in what has otherwise been her darkest days.

Connect with readers across the U.S. from Feb. 21 - March 6 to read the ebook or audiobook with no waitlists or holds through the Libby app from your local library.

"A gorgeously written, tender examination of love, loss and the heart-wracking journey toward forgiveness." —Lola Akinmade Akerstrom, international bestselling author of In Every Mirror She's Black

Register to attend a live Q&A with author Terah Shelton Harris

As a bonus, join us Wed., March 6 at 11:30 AM CST for a special Q&A event presented by the Dothan Houston County Library System and OverDrive, the creators of the Libby app. Dive into the world inside Terah Shelton Harris' novel with an engaging Q&A session with the author, moderated by Joe Skelley, cohost of the Professional Book Nerds Podcast.

Q&A Terah Shelton Harris

Take a break from your daily routine and join fellow book enthusiasts for an insightful discussion about the book, the writing process and the inspiration behind the story. Register now for this free virtual event, but space is limited, so be sure to secure your spot!

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About the Author

Gabriela Mendicino is a lifelong reader, houseplant addict, and literal tree-hugger. She lives in the Cleveland area with the Mendicino Menagerie (a toddler, two dogs, three cats, a lot of fish, and one sometimes-grumpy man) and can and will launch into a tirade about how much she loves them so, you know...watch out for that.


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