Detroit Mom Book Club: Book of the Month for December 2021


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Book of the Month: Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore


Odessa, Texas, is at the brink of the next big oil boom in 1976. While the men are ready for the coming good fortune, the women are fearful of the violence that always seems to come with a big boom.

The day after Valentine’s Day, fourteen-year-old Gloria Ramírez appears on the front porch of Mary Rose Whitehead’s ranch house, barely alive, after an attack in a nearby oil field. In Odessa, justice is often taken into the hands of its citizens in churches and bars, before the courts can get their hands on the case.

Told through the alternating points of view, Valentine tells the story of women’s strength and vulnerability, and explores the intersections of violence and race.

Notable Achievements

Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nominee for Fiction, Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Debut Novel, Read with Jenna Book Club Pick, New York Times Bestseller

Book Club Reading Discussion Schedule

The dates listed below are the days we will be posting discussion questions in the Facebook group. On those dates, we will be talking about the chapters listed.

Wednesday, December 8: Pages 1-83

Wednesday, December 15: Pages 84-165

Wednesday, December 22: Pages 166-238

Wednesday, December 29: Pages 239-end

We hope you enjoy Valentine and get to discuss with us in our book club this month!


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