NC Reads Book Club: “Under a Gilded Moon” by Joy Jordan-Lake
During the month of May, County Library is participating in the NC Reads statewide Book Club, a program sponsored by North Carolina Humanities and affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities. The book selection this month is titled Under a Gilded Moon by Joy Jordan-Lake.
Those who wish to join the NC Reads May Book Club will receive a FREE copy of the novel Under a Gilded Moon to keep. The club will also have one in-person book discussion on Tuesday, May 23 at 6:00PM at County Library, 255 Callahan Koon Road in Spindale. At this meeting, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a live-streaming interactive panel discussion featuring author Jordan-Lake, as well as discuss the novel amongst themselves.
For more information on joining the Under a Gilded Moon book club, please stop by County Library to sign-up and pick up your complimentary copy of the novel or give us a call at 828-287-6115 to speak with a staff member.
About the book:
“From the bestselling author of A Tangled Mercy comes an enthralling novel of secrets, a tumultuous war of ideas, and murder as classes collide in the shadow of Biltmore House.
Biltmore House, a palatial mansion being built by the Vanderbilts, American “royalty,” is in its final stages of construction in North Carolina. The country’s grandest example of privilege, it symbolizes the aspirations of its owner and the dreams of a girl, just as driven, who lives in its shadow.
Kerry MacGregor’s future is derailed when, after two years in college in New York City, family obligations call her home to the beautiful Appalachians. She is determined to distance herself from the opulence she sees rising in the Blue Ridge Mountains, however close its reach. Her family’s land is among the last pieces required to complete the Biltmore Estate. But something more powerful than an ambitious Vanderbilt heir could change Kerry’s fate as, one by one, more outsiders descend on the changing landscape—a fugitive from Sicily, a reporter chasing a groundbreaking story, a debutante tainted by scandal, and a conservationist prepared to put anyone at risk to stoke the resentment of the locals.
As Kerry finds herself caught in a war between wealth and poverty, innocence and corruption, she must navigate not only her own pride and desperation to survive but also the temptations of fortune and the men who control it.”