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Inwood NYPL Forever Young (Adult) Book Club: “The Silence of Bones”

Are you an educator? Do you work with teens? Are you the parent of a teen? Do you just love to read so-called young adult books? This is the book club for you! Each month, we’ll read and discuss a young adult book. If you’re an adult (18+), you’re invited to join us.

This month, we will be discussing The Silence of Bones by June Hur. 1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: ‘May you live in interesting times.’ Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman. As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.

“But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.”

The Silence of Bones is available from The New York Public Library in the following formats: physical booke-book, and e-audiobook. Place your physical copy on hold to pick it up at one of our grab-and-go locations or use our app, SimplyE, to borrow a digital copy.

You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. The link will be sent to you by email approximately one day before the discussion. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join.

Most online programs, including all programs hosted via Google Meet, provide closed captioning. If you would like to confirm ahead of the program or have a specific accessibility request, please email accessibility@nypl.org at least two weeks before the program date.

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