Books Backstage

The Prince George Public Library and Theatre NorthWest have partnered to connect library patrons and theatre goers with resources on themes addressed within the plays performed during Theatre NorthWest’s 2016/2017 season. In collaboration with Theatre NorthWest’s artistic director, PGPL librarians will provide recommendations of fiction, non-fiction, DVDs and other materials that may enrich the audiences’ experience of the performances. Book lists will be posted at least one month in advance of each play.

Book list to accompany Drowning Girls , which runs January 26 to February 15, 2017

DEADLY DIVORCES by Tammy Cohen (Non-Fiction)
No one ever knows what really goes on behind the closed doors of a marriage in freefall. The people in this book weren't born evil, but in the heat of a relationship break-up, all restraint melted and violent passions spiraled out of control.
YOUNG WIVES by Olivia Goldsmith (Fiction)
Three wives take revenge on their nefarious husbands.
THE HIDDEN by Bill Pronzini (Fiction)
A young couple retreats to a friend's remote California coastal cottage to work on their marital problems amidst a fierce winter storm and a series of random murders.
DROWNING RUTH by Christina Schwartz (Fiction)
Amanda spends her days nursing soldiers wounded in the Great War. Finding herself suddenly overwhelmed, she retreats to her family's farm on Nagawaukee Lake, seeking comfort with her younger sister, Mathilda. On one terrible night, Amanda loses nearly everything that is dearest to her when her sister mysteriously disappears and is later found drowned beneath the ice that covers the lake.
GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn (Fiction)
When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred..

DVDs:

ALL GOOD THINGS (DVD) starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst
A love story and a murder mystery set against the backdrop of a New York real estate dynasty in the 1980s.
GONE GIRL (DVD) starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike
When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred

Current Play:

Drowning Girls , by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson, and Daneila Vlaskalic

Bessie, Alice and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith, and they are dead. Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the events leading up to their deaths. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after, Drowning Girls is a breathtaking fantasia, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, humour and revenge! A murder mystery like you’ve never seen it!

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