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Order by September 11 to receive the September selection, The Corner That Held Them by Sylvia Townsend Warner. 

The Corner That Held Them is a historical novel like no other, one that immerses the reader in the dailiness of history. Though several events —the Black Death, the Hundred Years’ War, the Peasant’s Revolt—are mentioned, there is not one outstanding event that defines the narrative of this novel about life at a Benedictine convent in fourteenth century England. The work is, instead, a portrait of a time, a place, a reality told through the experiences of a community of women. 

“As an act of imagined history this novel has few rivals…The prose precisely matches the theme and settings: it is at once bone-spare and of a rich, troubling opacity. A classic, whose resonance deepens inside the reader in proportion to its austere, luminous discretion.  —George Steiner, The Times Literary Supplement

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