Alumnae from the 1980s may remember taking a course Adele Sands designed and taught, Women in Literature, which focused on books by, for, and about strong women. This year's book club builds on that foundation and will help create a strong alumnae community that is both inclusive, as well as celebratory of all racial, ethnic, socio-economic, religious, gender, sexual, political, competency, and cultural backgrounds. Sharing individual opinions and perspectives about the same piece of literature is a vital component to bringing forth important dialogue.
Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.
Meanwhile, in present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago, her life collides with the apothecary’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive.