A Novel Idea – February Meeting

Another meeting, another birthday. Happy birthday to Jenny who brought us a beautiful gluten free orange cake. Are we a great book club, or what?

Anyway, after eating far too much cake, we discussed Emily St. John Mandel’s ‘Station Eleven’. Once again, I was surprised by the members eclectic tastes, because all but one really enjoyed a dystopian/ speculative fiction for a change.

Many interesting themes were discussed, such as did the book actually have a main character, and if so who was it? Was Arthur’s death more than it seemed? And just how important was the recurring comic book theme?

Funnily enough, we started to compare this novel to last month’s novel ‘Some Luck’, which I found to be a new and interesting development. One of the members could not get into the book and said that she merely flipped through it to see what was going to happen. However, the rest of the members gave it quite a glowing review, so it evened out to a 3.5/5 rating.

alice

Next month, we are reading a lighter book: Liane Moriarty’s ‘What Alice Forgot’.

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes.

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.

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