Bloomington church to host book discussion May 24

A Bloomington church will host a book discussion this month.

The community is invited to participate in a discussion of “The Two-Family House” by Lynda Cohen Loigman. The discussion is 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at The Church of St. Edward, 9401 Nesbitt Ave.

The story is set in Brooklyn in 1947. In the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born, minutes apart. The mothers are sisters by marriage: dutiful, quiet Rose, who wants nothing more than to please her difficult husband, and warm, generous Helen, the exhausted mother of four rambunctious boys who seem to need her less and less each day.

Raising their families side by side, supporting one another, Rose and Helen share an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic winter night. When the storm passes, life seems to return to normal. But as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and the once deep friendship between the two women begins to unravel.