The May 18 meeting of the Riverton Area Book Club will discuss Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly.
This historical fiction brings attention to the horrific practice of the Nazis to experiment on Polish women who were political prisoners in Ravensbruck, the major female-only concentration camp in Germany. Kelly makes the real-life New York socialite Caroline Ferriday her main character and adds to the story the lives of a young Polish girl who is a resistance fighter and Herta,a German woman doctor.
Kelly's novel was the result of her trip to the Bellamy-Ferriday House in Connecticut where she had researched Caroline's life and learned about her efforts to bring the Polish women to America for treatment after the war.
The book club meets from 10-11 am at the Riverton Village Library. Please contact the library at 217-629-6353 for further information.