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Sundial Book Club For September: “The Last Train to Key West”

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Welcome to the Sundial Book Club! We created this online community to read, share and discuss books and characters that are unique to South Florida. You can join the Facebook group here.

Here's how our club works:

On the first Tuesday of each month, we announce the book we're reading. We then continue the discussion throughout the month on our Facebook group as we read the book.

The third week of the month, we'll interview the author (or experts familiar with the book). And shortly after, we'll have a conversation where we talk with panelists (this could be you!) about what we read and what else we're reading.

WLRN and WLRN Sundial are not endorsing or financially supporting any of these books, publishers or authors. This group is meant to foster insightful conversations and provide a place to explore topics related to the literature we're reading.

Have a suggestion for a book? You can email us.

This Month’s Sundial Book Club Title: “The Last Train to Key West” by Chanel Cleeton

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The story takes readers back to the Great Depression era in South Florida with the stories of three very different women and how they were changed when a powerful hurricane heads towards the Florida Keys.

Here's a summary:

“One person’s paradise can be another’s prison, and Key West-native Helen Berner yearns to escape.

After the Cuban Revolution of 1933 leaves Mirta Perez’s family in a precarious position, she agrees to an arranged marriage with a notorious American. Following her wedding in Havana, Mirta arrives in the Keys on her honeymoon. While she can’t deny the growing attraction to her new husband, his illicit business interests may threaten not only her relationship, but her life.

Elizabeth Preston's trip to Key West is a chance to save her once-wealthy family from their troubles after the Wall Street crash. Her quest takes her to the camps occupied by veterans of the Great War and pairs her with an unlikely ally on a treacherous hunt of his own.”

This book is available in local libraries and online.

Our Past Book Club Conversations:

August 2020: 'Black Widow' And A Conversation About Finding Humor In The Grieving Process

July 2020: 'The Nation Is Paying Attention': A Conversation About 'Black Miami in the 20th Century'

March 2020: The Memoir 'Ordinary Girls' Takes Readers To Puerto Rico And Miami Beach In The 1980s

February 2020: A Hunter, A Vet And Schoolchildren: 'Cat Tale' Explores Characters That Saved The Florida Panther

January 2020: 'Mothers Of Sparta' Explores Motherhood, Relationships And Raising An Autistic Child In Florida

November 2019: Haitian-American Edwidge Danticat's New Collection of Stories Explores 'Gap Between Life And Death'

October 2019: Sister Duo Brings Haiti's History To Life In Their Debut YA Novel 'Dear Haiti, Love Alaine'

September 2019: Comic Book Writer By Day And Crime Fiction Novelist By Night: Alex Segura On His 'Maybe' Last Book

August 2019: Beer, Sex And Taxidermy. Kristen Arnett's Debut Novel Creates A Vivid View of Central Florida Life.

July 2019: Journalist Tamara Lush's Latest Book Brings Steamy Romance To The Newspaper Industry

June 2019: Friends Of The Everglades' New Director & A Convo With Widow Of Author Charles Willeford

May 2019: A Brutal Haitian Regime Inspired Fabienne Josaphat's First Novel

April 2019: 'It's Like a Russian Doll' New Memoir Explores Growing Up in Boca Raton As a Queer Multiracial Woman

March 2019: Zora Neale Hurston Put The Central Florida Town Of Eatonville On The Map

February 2019: Exploring The Significant Role Jews Played In Shaping Modern Day Key West

January 2019: Miami Dade College Professor's Book Explores Sexual Relationships In Context Of The Church

November 2018: Author of 'Southernmost' Discusses Setting His Novel In Key West

October 2018: Sundial's October Book Club Pick Explores Trauma And Exile In South Florida

September 2018: Miami Native Author Finds Roots In Her Pineapple Tights & Carries Them To Professorship In Nebraska