Book Club explores ‘The Mercy Rule’

Dec 07, 2012
Perri Klass, M.D.

Thomaston — The Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will discuss “The Mercy Rule” by Perri Klass Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 2:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend the event, which will take place at Thomaston Public Library, located in the historic Thomaston Academy building on Main Street/Route 1.

This funny, rueful novel is about the all-important job of taking care of children. Dr. Lucy Weiss looks like the typical high-achieving, upper-middle-class working mother who, along with her husband, is bringing up much-beloved children. Having overcome a difficult childhood in foster care, she is what is called a super-survivor. Now a pediatrician, Lucy finds herself working with some of those same at-risk patients and their families. Lucy's work takes her back into the world of families living on the edge, where every day she must decide whether a parent's actions are so incompetent-or so clueless-that a child is in danger.

On the third Tuesday of each month, the Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together to share their 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; donations are welcome.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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