Booked For Lunch September Selection

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline, Monday, September 27 at Noon.

Booked for Lunch is traveling abroad! Well, not really, but our September selection will definitely be taking us on a journey. The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline, is a powerful, emotionally resonant novel that captures the hardship, oppression, opportunity and hope of four women’s lives—three English convicts and an orphaned Aboriginal girl—in nineteenth-century Australia.

Christina Baker Kline has established herself as a novelist who plumbs noteworthy but little-known facets of the past, and The Exiles marks her third foray into the genre. While Orphan Train and A Piece of the World were grounded in American history, The Exiles makes a bold geographic and cultural leap, and confirms Christina’s place among the finest talents writing today.

While most English convicts transported to Australia were men, 25,000 were women. Christina explores the development of Australia from a fresh perspective, telling the story of this fascinating, blood-soaked land and its legacy with the grace, beauty, empathy, and insight—and the rich, full-bodied characters—that are the hallmarks of her work. (Description from the author’s website.)

Join Robin Brz. On Monday, September 27 at noon either in person at the library or on line via Zoom for a thought provoking discussion of this novel that Library Journal calls both uplifting and heartbreaking. This beautifully written novel doesn’t flinch from the ugliness of the penal system but celebrates the courage and resilience of both the first peoples and the settlers who came after, voluntarily or not, to create a new home for themselves and their children.

Copies of the book are available now at the adult circulation desk. Digital editions are also available for download on Libby or Overdrive. Registration is not required, but strongly encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome as space allows. Register online, or email Robin at

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