AUBURN — The Auburn Page Turners book group will discuss “Girl Waits with Gun” at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at the Auburn Public Library. 

“Girl Waits with Gun” is a novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs. The main character, Constance Kopp, towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding 15 years ago.

One day, a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.

Book groups have their origins in 18th-century Parisian salons and 19th-century Victorian parlors.

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