Book Club Widowers (De Marco)

The Book Club Widowers 
John Michael De Marco, 2016
CreateSpace Publishing
360 pp.
ISBN-13: 9781532789601

A weekend beach trip sounds perfect for a group of women who enjoy discussing literature and sipping wine in the back of a fledgling bookstore.

But as the departure date arrives, most have to back out due to family demands, work needs, and illnesses. Thirty-something mothers Emma, Jackie, and Kari still get to go, and are viewed as "the lucky ones."

Until they vanish.

The three drive off on Thursday, their luggage stocked with stylish outfits, swim wear, and sunscreen. When they don't return on Sunday or respond to calls and texts the affected husbands, ex-husband, and friends know it's out of character. They call the police, but no clues emerge for months.

This is the story of "The Book Club Widowers," their children, and friends, as well as the perplexed police detectives and several mysterious characters who loom in the shadows with potential answers. (From the publisher.)

Author Bio
Where—Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Education—Florida State University, 1990; Asbury Theological Seminary
Currently—lives in Franklin, Tennessee

John Michael De Marco is an American author of who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. His books focus on modern suburbanites—both their flaws and strengths—as they search for meaning, fulfillment, and passion in a constantly changing world.

His three novels include Book Club Widowers (2016), The Wine Steward's Lover (2012), and Narcissus Blinked (2011).

In addition to to his novels, De Marco has written two works of nonfiction, including The 4 Spheres of Intentional Living (2014) and a memoir, Chased by the Wind: A Youth's Literary Search for God (2013, rev. ed.). He has also written scripts, as well as thousands of articles for newspapers, magazines, websites, and blogs.

De Marco is a certified executive coach. Through his teaching, he offers insights and anecdotes "to help individuals reach more of their physical, intellectual, emotion, and spiritual potential." He is also an ordained minister. (Adapted from the author's website.)

Book Reviews
Rich in character development, The Book Club Widowers takes readers on an intense, intellectual and emotional ride through the mysterious disappearance of three women in Florida.... This is an intellectual mystery, where the author engages readers with an intense, slow burn. There is not a wasted word. And those words captivate readers.... The Book Club Widowers is a "modern classic"...a winning touchdown!
Kelly Nutty - Amazon Customer Review

Discussion Questions
1. What would you do if your spouse vanished without a trace?

2. What would you tell your kids?

3. How would you go to work?

4. How would you embrace the future?

(Questions from the author's website.)

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