Annnnddddd…. book club is back.
There was a short hiatus over the festive period. Due to sickness, holidays, bad scheduling and what not, the group didn’t get to meet and dissect Lauren Beuke’s The Shining Girls until last night.
We welcomed two newcomers to the group (hey Mary, hey Courtney) and so thought it was only fair that we drank a huge amount of red wine to celebrate. (seriously, was it just me or did we drink more wine than normal?)
Anyway, being the good book club administrator I am, I made notes on our discussion. However, I can’t quite read my writing (no wine was drunk in the making of these notes), so I’m delving into my memory for a synopsis of the chatter.
Overall, we didn’t really like the book. We thought the violence was gratuitous (although, at the same time, the writing around the violence was some of the strongest in the book). The ending was confused and there was no real characterisation of the lead players. We didn’t know what we thought of Kirby, Dan, or Harper. Mainly that there wasn’t much to them – in fact, the only character we all had fond memories of was one of the victims (steel worker in the 2nd world war). Dan was seen as a filter for Kirby, a father figure. There was arguments as to his fate at the end. There was nothing redeeming about Harper – he was the most forgettable serial killer we’ve come across.
Overall, the whole book was confused. Why was he a time traveller? Why was he a serial killer? What the hell was the House about?
Not a success. But that’s the point, right?
Next month’s book is: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd was selected as an Oprah Book Club 2.0 pick on December 10, 2013. From the celebrated author of the international bestseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women.
Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah’s eleventh birthday, Hetty ‘Handful’ Grimké is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept. And so, indeed, the trouble begins …
A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century, THE INVENTION OF WINGS evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.
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