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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.

• Join a discussion about the book — through Twitter @BGlobeBooks — on Friday, July 25, at 11 a.m. with Boston Globe books editor Nicole Lamy and author Maryanne O'Hara. You can also follow along and join in here on

• Readers will have the rest of the summer to read and discuss the chosen book; online discussions will take place during the summer on select Fridays. Stay tuned for when the second discussion will take place.

• 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.

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

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.


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