The Monk Downstairs is a lovely little book by Tim Farrington. All the right components are there: a smart, capable woman, a curious and precocious child, a quiet contemplative man, and above all, a finely written story. Rebecca Martin, a divorced single mother, rents a garage apartment to Michael Christopher, who has recently left the monastery in which he spent the last twenty years of his life. Rebecca has been feeling disillusioned and somewhat lonely, and Michael is struggling with his reasons for leaving the contemplative life for a life of action in the world. Readers will smile and sympathize as they see these two people, from their first hesitant conversations, develop a friendship that grows toward something deeper that buoys them both. This book is the selection for the Delphi Book Club that meets on Friday, November 16, at 9 a.m. at the library. Come and join the discussion!