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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.

• The Globe has organized some casual, in-person discussions at local bookstores for those who wish to discuss "Cascade" within a traditional book club atmosphere. Here's more information on meetup dates and locations.

•Globe books editor Nicole Lamy, author Maryanne O'Hara, and author Lily King were online Friday, Aug.29, at 11 a.m. for a discussion about the book on Twitter. Use the hashtag #GlobeBookClub or follow along here to catch up.

• Stay tuned for when the next online 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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