Friday, October 24, 2014

Books, Books, Books

How exciting!!! The Weston Lakes Book Club announced the reading list for our year and we are well into our program. This month we read and discussed "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt.
This 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is an amazing read. It is long; it has intricate sentence structure; the characters are engaging. Some of our club found the read too long (867 pages) and wordy. There is no doubt it could have been shortened without losing the story, but -hey! - the Pulitzer Prize?? How does one criticize that?  The only thing is that elite members of the literary community helped push the book, and "regular" readers might not necessarily agree with those kinds of selections.  Nonetheless, it was a wonderful experience. What is truly amazing is that this is only Donna Tartt's third book.

Other books awaiting our club this year are: "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion" (Flagg), "The Invention of Wings" (Kidd), "Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald" (Fowler), "Sycamore Row" (Grisham), "Deliver Us: Three Decades of Murder and Redemption in the Infamour I-45, Texas Killing Fields" (Casey), AND my very own "Ransomed Earth: An Eco-Thriller" which I will present right before Earth Day 2015.  I look forward to reading these selections and the follow-up discussions.