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Bookies: The Berry Pickers

'The Berry Pickers' by Amanda Peters Host: Emily Lead: Leslie

Bookies: The Berry Pickers
Bookies: The Berry Pickers

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Jun 07, 2025, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Home of Emily Zajac, 8965 E 28th Ave, Denver, CO 80238, USA

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The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters

Host: Emily

Lead: Leslie

July 1962. A Mi’kmaq family from Nova Scotia arrives in Maine to pick blueberries for the summer. Weeks later, four-year-old Ruthie, the family’s youngest child, vanishes. She is last seen by her six-year-old brother, Joe, sitting on a favorite rock at the edge of a berry field. Joe will remain distraught by his sister’s disappearance for years to come.  In Maine, a young girl named Norma grows up as the only child of an affluent family. Her father is emotionally distant, her mother frustratingly overprotective. Norma is often troubled by recurring dreams and visions that seem more like memories than imagination. As she grows older, Norma slowly comes to realize there is something her parents aren’t telling her. Unwilling to abandon her intuition, she will spend decades trying to uncover this family secret.  For readers of The Vanishing Half and Woman of Light, this showstopping debut by a vibrant new voice in fiction is a riveting novel about the search for truth, the shadow of trauma, and the persistence of love across time.

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