Thursday, April 16, 2009

Our book group met last night

We talked about Away by Amy Bloom. This book is beautifully written. The main character in it is learning English (she is a Russian Jew) and has a thesaurus that she uses to describe the emotions and situations that she experiences. The lighthearted play on words that ensues helps the reader through what is some rather grim subject matter. Bloom has a very keen sense of irony which she uses to describe the time period (the 20s), the subject matter (a cross-country trip by a woman desperate to recover her daughter) and the human condition. The book explores the themes of being an outsider, the various shades of love, and survival and pragmatism. The characters stayed with me, and I'd recommend this book whole-heartedly.

As far as our book club goes, we meet the third Wednesday of every month. You're welcome to join us! Next month, we'll be reading Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. Our meeting will be at 6:30 on May 20.

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