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The NEPM Book Club

NEPM Book Club: "Fruit of the Dead" by Rachel Lyon. Featuring a Q&A with the author, Rachel Lyon. Read with us! July 18 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Whalen Insurance and Broadside Bookshop.

Do you love to read? So do we! Join us for the NEPM Book Club —  a quarterly virtual meet-up dedicated to bringing NEPM friends together to chat about new, diverse and interesting fiction.

Our next meeting will be Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. We'll be reading "Fruit of the Dead" by Ashfield author Rachel Lyon.

Plus! We'll be joined by Rachel Lyon for a Q&A during the meeting. Bring your most-burning questions for the author!


The NEPM Book Club is sponsored by Whalen Insurance and Broadside Bookshop in Northampton.


An electric contemporary reimagining of the myth of Persephone and Demeter set over the course of one summer on a lush private island, about addiction and sex, family and independence, and who holds the power in a modern underworld.

Cory Ansel, fresh out of high school, working at a summer camp, isn’t sure what to do next. With no college or career prospects on the horizon, she dreads the idea of returning home to her disappointed mother, Emer, the head of an agricultural NGO. So, when one of her camper’s parents offers her a lucrative job babysitting his kids on a private island (all she needs to do is sign an NDA), she takes the opportunity, albeit with some trepidation.

The man is the CEO of a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company under fire for its role in a national crisis of addiction, but Cory doesn’t know that. All she knows is that he is mysterious, wealthy, and deeply interested in her. When Cory drops out of touch, Emer can’t help but feel that something is wrong. She sidelines her career to rescue her daughter and hunt down the man responsible for her disappearance, at all costs.



Erin O’Neill is a dedicated bibliophile and NEPM’s digital marketing and social media manager. A lifelong obsessive reader and lover of stories, Erin hosts and organizes NEPM Book Club meetings — and comes up with discussion questions!


Need to get your copy of the latest Book Club selection?  Please consider buying from one of our local NEPM Book Club partners:

Broadside Bookshop in Northampton »

Massive Bookshop, an online bookseller in Greenfield »

Olive Tree Books-n-Voices in Springfield »


NEPM Book Club members can help select books for us to read. Do you have a favorite novel? Is there a piece of fiction that’s on your to-read list? Email your suggestions to bookclub@nepm.org!

Though our meetings have been on Zoom, we’re looking forward to the time when we may be able to congregate in person. As we like to say at NEPM, “Stay tuned!”