Novel Circle

If you enjoy reading and discussing books, we invite you to the Novel Circle!


Literature is one of the shaping influences of life. It is what truly makes us human. Based on the belief that engaging discussions about good literature help us grow, both personally and intellectually, the Novel Circle operates as an affinity group within the UUFC community. All members and/or friends of UUFC who enjoy reading books and discussing their relevance to our lives are invited to participate.

The Novel Circle meets the 1st Wednesday of each month from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Founders' House. Coffee is provided. Participants often contribute a dessert or snack of some kind, although this is not required for taking part in the group.

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Novel Circle cancelled the April 1st meeting and will reschedule a discussion of Dan Brown’s Origin for later in the year. If necessary, we’ll do a virtual meeting for the May meeting and see where we go from there.

Upcoming books, with descriptions mostly excerpted from

May 6, 2020. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. “The story is set in the 1950s and revolves around a young woman named Kya Clark, who is from extremely rural North Carolina. Known by others as the Marsh Girl, she lives alone in nature—but the draw of other people, and specifically love, brings her into contact with the greater world. This novel has a mystery at its core, but it can be read on a variety of levels. There is great nature writing; there is coming of age; and there is literature. Crawdads is a story lovingly told—one that takes its time in developing its characters and setting, and in developing the story. You’ll want to relax and take your time as well, and when you’re done you will want to talk about it with another reader.” 379 pages. 2018.


June 3, 2020.  Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shanty boat. But one stormy night, the children are wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill must fight to keep the family together in a world of danger and uncertainty. Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—this riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong. 352 pages. 2017.


August 5, 2020. The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of American women’s enfranchisement with this gripping book. In August, 1920 thirty-five states have approved the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote. One last state--Tennessee—is needed for women's voting rights to be the law of the land. The suffragists face vicious opposition from politicians, clergy, corporations, and racists who don't want black women voting. And then there are the "Antis"--women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the nation's moral collapse. And in one hot summer, they all converge for a confrontation. This book follows a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle. 432 pages. 2019.

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