Special Feature: CASCADE by Maryanne O’Hara picked as book of the month

Here is a special feature for my follower on the east coast, especially in the Boston area!

Last year I read and reviewed CASCADE by Maryanne O’Hara and absolutely loved it! I was thrilled to learn that it was selected as the book of the month for The Globe’s Book Club!

Back in June, The Pulitzer-Prize winning Boston Globe announced that it has launched the Globe Book Club, a community forum that will enable book lovers across New England to read a novel together and dig into the book’s theme and origin story, through curated conversations online and at events.

The first title, chosen in a public BostonGlobe.com poll, is ‘Cascade’ by Massachusetts author Maryanne O’Hara.

The book is inspired by the history of the four Massachusetts towns that were flooded in the 1930s and wiped off the map to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir. Her historical debut novel follows an ambitious artist who is drowning in a marriage of convenience and traces her journey of self-discovery.

“We’re moving into the heart of summer reading season – the ideal time to bring people together virtually to read a single book and probe its themes and deeper meaning. Greater Boston readers made a great choice: ‘Cascade’ is the perfect book to read during the summer in New England” said Globe Books Editor Nicole Lamy. This spring, Lamy chose five novels set in New England and posted synopses online for the reader poll. More than 5,000 readers responded, and ‘Cascade’ was the number one choice.

Lamy will tweet out discussion topics each week, beginning in July, and will host weekly Twitter chats about ‘Cascade.’ Readers can participate on Twitter at #GlobeBookClub or @BGlobeBooks on Fridays throughout the summer. Updates will be posted on bostonglobe.com/bookclub. The first online discussion for CASCADE will be live on Twitter 7/25 starting at 11:00 am EST. 

“Our community is an essential part of the conversation,” Globe spokeswoman Ellen Clegg said. “The Book Club is one of a series of initiatives designed to draw people together around issues they care passionately about.” Continuing the focus on community events, the Globe will again partner with WGBH to provide free concerts and performances in Copley Square during Summer Arts Weekend.

Earlier this year, the Globe launched the GRANT program (Globe Readers And Nonprofits Together), which enabled subscribers to support nonprofits in their own communities by steering GRANT “ad dollars” to the charity of their choice.

The Boston Globe Book Club is partnering with Barnes & Noble stores, which will offer a discount on ‘Cascade.’ If customers mention the Globe Book Club, Barnes & Noble will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales to Globe Santa, a program of the Boston Globe Foundation that has been serving children in need since 1956.

The Globe is also donating copies of ‘Cascade’ to local libraries.

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“Cascade” by Maryanne O’Hara was chosen by Boston Globe readers as the book to read together this summer after the Globe launched an online book club in May.

• Readers will now have the summer to read and discuss the chosen book, and online discussions — through Twitter @BGlobeBooks — will take place during the summer on select Fridays. Please stay tuned for the first chat date and time in July.

• Once readers have had the chance to read “Cascade,” there will be a September event in Boston where readers will gather in person to discuss the book. Please check this page later for more details.

• You can use the hashtag #GlobeBookClub to discuss the winning book any time on Twitter.

RELATED: Author revisits a long-submerged piece of Central Mass. (Aug. 7, 2012)


All the books included in the poll — by local writers — were picked by Boston Globe books editor Nicole Lamy for their potential to spark discussion.

READERS’ CHOICE: “Cascade” By Maryanne O’Hara

In the 1930s four towns in western Massachusetts were wiped off the map, flooded to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir. Maryanne O’Hara’s debut novel, inspired by the history of those drowned towns, follows Desdemona Hart Spaulding, an ambitious artist whose fate seems bound to the fictional Massachusetts town of Cascade by a marriage of convenience and a vow she made to try to save her father’s local theater company. When she falls in love with fellow artist Jacob Solomon, Dez must wrestle with desire and obligation.

One thought on “Special Feature: CASCADE by Maryanne O’Hara picked as book of the month

  1. Only charming comments? Are comments that disagree still charming?

    As a romance, this book is far better than most books called romances. CASCADE has a story that does not depend on descriptions of sexual gymnastics.

    On the other hand, I wanted again and again to skip through paragraphs and pages. A couple times I even considered giving up on the book entirely. That is because O’Hara makes the common mistake of what I call “too much rumination.”

    The main character, Dez (Desdemona Hart), thinks, at length, too much. If the purpose of a novel is to capture and hold a reader’s attention, to entertain them, CASCADE wanders from that intention too often with excessive narration.

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