Talking About Books
4.00pm Tuesdays 31 July & 28 August
We have two enjoyable books coming up for
discussion in July and August.
Tuesday 31 July, we’ll be looking at a really engrossing and
atmospheric crime thriller, The Dry by first-time
novelist Jane Harper. Set in a rural community deep in the isolated
Australian outback during a two-year drought, this page-turner treats us
to a taut plot, full of unpredictable twists and turns, with clues and
red herrings all over the place. It has been acclaimed as the most
gripping crime thriller of 2017, winning the Crime Writers’ Association
Gold Dagger Award and Amazon’s Best Mystery and Thriller of the Year.
Federal agent Aaron Falk returns to his home town for the first time
since he was sixteen, trying to make sense of the mysterious deaths of
three members of a family, one of whom had formerly been his best
friend. Suspicion and dark secrets and hostility swirl around him as his
investigation opens up old enmities.
Tuesday 28 August, our book choice is My Name is Lucy
Barton by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Elizabeth Strout.
Described as “exquisite and deeply affecting”, this novel is about the
complicated love between a mother and daughter, ”a heart-breaking tragic
portrayal of a lifetime’s loneliness”. Lucy Barton, after three weeks in
a hospital bed, is visited for five days and nights by her mother whom
she has not seen for many years. Their ensuing conversation – one that
she finds enthralling - nevertheless awakens painful memories for Lucy
of an abusive and deprived childhood and her mother finds it impossible
to tell her openly that she loves her. Each needs the other but is
desperately incapable of showing it.
As with all our book choices, a copy is available from the Gura Family
Memorial Library. You might also enjoy reading it on your iPad or
Kindle. Our Talking about Books group is led by Judy Frankel and you’re
welcome to come whether or not you’ve read the book. There’s no book
club membership but please let us know if you would like to be on the
Talking About Books mailing list. Suggestions for future book choices
COMING UP (all meetings begin at 4.00pm):
No meeting in September
Tuesday 30 October Eleanor
Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman
Tuesday 27 November The Underground
Railroad Colson Whitehead