Our May book has been changed and is now The women in black by Madeleine St John. This book is set in Sydney in the 1950’s. It is the Christmas season and in the cocktail frocks department of Goode’s Department Store the women staff members, all dressed in their regulation black dresses, are getting ready for their busiest time of the year. We have Miss Jacobs, Patty Williams, amd Fay Baines along with Magda who works in model gowns and is seen as a contrast to the other three. She stands for quality and class in all thngs and would not been seen in a regulation black dress. Into their midst comes Lisa, who has just finished her Leaving Certificate and is to work there for the summer while she waits for her results. She has plans to go to university. Through the overlapping stories of these women we have a great picture of life in Sydney in the 1950’s. If you would like to be a part of the discussion of this book on Monday 2 May at 2.00pm in our new library at 67-71 King Street Warrawong (above Plush sofas) come to the library and ask for a copy to read. New members are always welcome to join our friendly group.
Our March book was Blood from a stone by Donna Leon, an author suggested by one of our group. This book received a mixed response. Most people in the group were unhappy with the story, and particularly the ending as they felt it left a lot of questions unanswered, and was finished off very quickly. Some of the group liked the descriptive langauge of the book and the picture it painted of Venice. Little details about Brunetti and his family and their daily life helped fill out this picture. Ratings for the book were very even and the book received an overall rating of 7.5 On Monday4 April we meet together to discuss Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky, a book set during World War 11.
Several of our members attended the combined book club event held in the Wollonong Council building on Tuesday March 29th. Australian author Elizabeth Storr was there to talk about the process of writing her Etruscan novel The wedding Shroud. Several of the group had already read and enjoyed her book so they found this a very interesting afternoon and appreciated being able to hear her talk and ask her questions. They are looking forward to the sequel which will be coming out in about 18th months. It was a very enjoyable afternoon which was well attended and it was great to get people from all the library’s book groups together. Her book is available in the library. Why not give it a try!!