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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.

•There will be a final in-person event to discuss "Cascade" with O'Hara and Globe Books editor Nicole Lamy on Oct. 21. It will be held at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline at 6 p.m. Following the discussion, O’Hara will sign books and talk with Book Club members. Books will be available for purchase. Read more information, and register for the event here.

•Lamy, O’Hara, and Michael Volmar, chief curator of the Fruitlands Museum, were online Friday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m. to discuss the Quabbin Reservoir and the book on Twitter. Use the hashtag #GlobeBookClub or catch up here.

• 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.


“The Woman Upstairs”
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“This Is How You Lose Her”
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By Geraldine Brooks


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