June Book Club: Alice Elliott Dark - Fellowship Point

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 7:00pm to 7:45pm


Join us for our June Book Club as we welcome author Alice Elliott Dark to the virtual stage to speak with us about Fellowship Point on Tuesday June 20th at 7:00pm on Zoom. 

This book is a staff favorite, our bookseller Elizabeth says: "Fellowship Point is a beautifully written novel that deals with the lifelong friendship of two very different women. Alice Elliott Dark writes about the challenges of friendship, family relationships and the preservation of nature with poignancy and humor. I recommend it to readers who enjoy an exceptionally well written book!"



“Engrossing...studded with wisdom about long-held bonds.” —People, Book of the Week
“Enthralling, masterfully written...rich with social and psychological insights.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A magnificent storytelling feat.” —The Boston Globe

The “utterly engrossing, sweeping” (Time) story of a lifelong friendship between two very different “superbly depicted” (The Wall Street Journal) women with shared histories, divisive loyalties, hidden sorrows, and eighty years of summers on a pristine point of land on the coast of Maine, set across the arc of the 20th century.

Celebrated children’s book author Agnes Lee is determined to secure her legacy—to complete what she knows will be the final volume of her pseudonymously written Franklin Square novels; and even more consuming, to permanently protect the peninsula of majestic coast in Maine known as Fellowship Point. To donate the land to a trust, Agnes must convince shareholders to dissolve a generations-old partnership. And one of those shareholders is her best friend, Polly.

Polly Wister has led a different kind of life than Agnes: that of a well-off married woman with children, defined by her devotion to her husband, a philosophy professor with an inflated sense of stature. She strives to create beauty and harmony in her home, in her friendships, and in her family. Polly soon finds her loyalties torn between the wishes of her best friend and the wishes of her three sons—but what is it that Polly wants herself?

Agnes’s designs are further muddied when an enterprising young book editor named Maud Silver sets out to convince Agnes to write her memoirs. Agnes’s resistance cannot prevent long-buried memories and secrets from coming to light with far-reaching repercussions for all.

“An ambitious and satisfying tale” (The Washington Post), Fellowship Point reads like a 19th-century epic, but it is entirely contemporary in its “reflections on aging, writing, stewardship, legacies, independence, and responsibility. At its heart, Fellowship Point is about caring for the places and people we love...This magnificent novel affirms that change and growth are possible at any age” (The Christian Science Monitor).


Alice Elliott Dark is the author the novels Fellowship Point and Think of England, as well as two collections of short stories, In the Gloaming and Naked to the Waist. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerHarper’sThe New York Times, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry: Prize Stories, among othersHer award-winning story “In the Gloaming” was made into two films and was chosen for inclusion in Best American Stories of the Century. Dark is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She is an associate professor at Rutgers-Newark in the MFA program.

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Fellowship Point: A Novel By Alice Elliott Dark Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982131821
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - May 9th, 2023

Think of England: A Novel By Alice Elliott Dark Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743234979
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 6th, 2003

In The Gloaming: Stories By Alice Elliott Dark Cover Image
ISBN: 9780684870052
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Simon & Schuster - January 16th, 2001