Mostly, everyone enjoyed the book. Wecker is on the heavy-handed side, but not even close to Charles Dickens. If you like historical fiction (turn of the 20th century, New York City), and if you like fantasy literature, this book would be an excellent fit (I'd loan you my copy but it's destroyed from being in and out of my pool bag all summer). We are pondering the appropriate actor to play the part of the Jinni, as he is a most fascinating character.
For our next gathering, we are reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Here is the synopsis from Strayed's website: "At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her." I don't know about you, but this is exactly the kind of book I need to read right about now!
And here is everything else that we discussed:
- we are considering inviting JRW's husband to all of our meetings as he has proven to be an excellent bartender
- summer activities
- new cats
- new houses
- how stupid college freshman students can be
- how traumatic sending a child to Kindergarten can be on the