The Thomaston Public Library Intergenerational Book Club will discuss Thomas Raddall's "The Nymph and the Lamp," one of Canada's best-loved novels, Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 2:30 p.m. The library has multiple copies of the book and it is also available on the library's Kindles.

This is a poignant story of Isabel Jardin, a strong and sensitive woman, and the men in her life. Set in the 1920s, the story unfolds against the wild desolation of a windswept island off the coast of Nova Scotia. In writing "The Nymph and the Lamp," Raddall created a haunting and powerful love story, first published in 1950.

On a remote outpost, a radio station on Marina Island, graveyard of ships, Isabel, 30 and disillusioned as to romance, throws in her lot with Matt Carney, fabled Viking radio operator, who seems to like Marina. Only Isabel can strike a spark, and at the 11th hour he asks her to marry him, offers to abandon Marina for another post, and then accepts her decision to go back with him.

But Marina is worse than she had imagined; she rebuffs Matt for a time and finally betrays him when the changes of the winter rigors prove too much for her. Then an accident seems to write finis. While the basic pattern is a not unfamiliar one, Raddall has given it new twists and tells his story against a primitive and weirdly fascinating setting.

On the third Tuesday of every month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together at the library to share opinions and ideas about the book selection. Extra copies of the books are purchased by the Friends of the Thomaston Public Library from the Annual Appeal funds and copies are also available on the library's circulating e-readers.

Those who live in Thomaston and would like to attend but need a ride, may call the library at 354-2453 a week before the discussion date.