Reader's Circle meets at 10:00 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month in the Nellie Gary Reading Room at the Defiance Public Library. This group covers a wide variety of reading including non-fiction, classic literature, and recent best sellers.  Join host Marilyn Hite, and the group for insightful discussions about some of today's best literature. Contact Marilyn at 419-782-1456 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions/details.

Copies of this month's book are available for checkout at the Defiance Public Library Main Desk.

August 16, 2018

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko

Scott Sambach
Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. Born deformed yet mentally keen with a frighteningly sharp wit, strong intellect, and a voracious appetite for books, Ivan is forced to interact with the world through the vivid prism of his mind. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan, which is why he turns everything into a game, manipulating people and events around him for his own amusement. That is, until a new resident named Polina arrives at the hospital. At first Ivan resents Polina. She steals his books. She challenges his routine. The nurses like her. She is exquisite. But soon he cannot help being drawn to her and the two forge a romance that is tenuous and beautiful and everything they never dared dream of. Before, he survived by being utterly detached from things and people. Now Ivan wants something more: Ivan wants Polina to live.
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