The Ladies on Literature are eager to re-unite in September for the beginning of what is sure to be a scintillating 2016/2017 season. Pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back, cinch up and come along for the ride. Here’s what we’ve got lined up...
SEPTEMBER @ Judy’s, reading BEFORE THE FALL by Noah Hawley:
THE PUBLISHER SAYS: On a foggy summer night, eleven people - ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs, the painter and a four year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family
OCTOBER @ Vikki’s, reading THE NAKEDS by Lisa Glatt:
GOODREADS SAYS: A hit-and-run accident sends the lives of both driver and victim into unforeseen trajectories in a family drama set against the backdrop of the sexual revolution and 1970s California.
NOVEMBER @ Gail’s, reading PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austin (...everyone loves a classic!):
GOODREADS SAYS: First published in 1813, "Pride and Prejudice," Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners - one of the most popular novels of all time - tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood.
DECEMBER @ Cara’s, reading THE SURRENDER EXPERIMENT by Michael A. Singer:
GOODREADS SAYS: From the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Untethered Soul comes this thought-provoking, inspirational memoir on the magic that happens when you just let go.
JANUARY @ Cindy W’s, reading THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein:
GOODREADS SAYS: Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
FEBRUARY @ Karen’s, reading THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by Robert Galbraith (AKA...you guessed it, J.K. Rowling):
GOODREADS SAYS: After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his long-time girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story...
MARCH @ Ruth’s, reading THE SHADOW OF THE WIND (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón:
GOODREADS SAYS: Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.
APRIL @ Cindy G’s, reading THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST by Claire North:
GOODREAD SAYS: No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now....as Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. ‘I nearly missed you, Doctor August,’ she says. ‘I need to send a message.’ This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.
MAY @ Laurie’s, reading THE POISON WOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver:
GOODREAD SAYS: The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it -- from garden seeds to Scripture -- is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.
JUNE @ Kathy’s, reading THE BEAUTIFUL RUINS by Jess Walters:
GOODREAD SAYS: The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.
As always, we invite you to read along, comment, and spend some time hanging out with us. My colleague and dear friend, Shannon Linden, will be reviewing our book selections in Okanagan Woman Magazine or you can visit her online by clicking here.
It's going to be an epic year! We can't wait...