I enjoy reading books that aren’t quite like any other book I’ve read, and Acts of Violet by Margarita Montimore found that sweet spot. It’s been nearly ten years since magician Violet Volk disappeared without a trace in the middle of her magic act. For her younger sister Sasha, the upcoming anniversary is a source of anxiety and dread, particularly since her sister’s disappearance has become the subject of a new podcast (Strange Exits). It doesn’t help that Violet’s still ardent fan base are quick to criticize Sasha no matter what she says (when she chooses to speak) publicly. Her daughter Quinn, who is graduating from college soon, can sense her mother isn’t telling the whole truth. Sasha cannot escape her sister’s orbit, but the pressure is taking a toll. Will she ever know what happened to Violet? Is it a truth she’s better off not knowing? Is Violet and hero or a villain? The story alternates between podcast transcripts, correspondence between characters, and Sasha’s narration. There’s family drama, mystery, a bit of sci-fi, and some actual history of magicians. I strongly recommend the audiobook, which is available through the Wisconsin Digital Library. It features a full cast that makes the podcast a reality and enhances the experience.
Storytime is back on Thursdays at 10:15 AM. Children and their caregivers are welcome to join us for stories, songs, and more!
The library is hosting after-school programs for youth on Tuesday afternoons, 3:30-4:30. Crafter Party is Tuesday, September 27, and participants will be decorating rocks for the rock garden behind the library. Nailed It returns on Tuesday, October 4, and participants will put their construction skills to the test.