This month we'll be reading a book from the 'Family and Self' list. Voting is now closed and the clear winner is...
Charles Dickens: Great Expectations
Dickens's finest exploration of the cost paid for rising in the world. Pip, who tells his own story, is an orphan, brought up by his callous elder sister and her amiable blacksmith husband, Jo. Visiting his parents' graves, Pip is accosted by an escaped convict, whom he aids, before the man is recaptured and transported. Pip is later taken up by Miss Havisham, a woman maddened by having been jilted on her wedding day. She has trained her young ward, Estella, to break men's hearts. Pip comes into mysterious wealth. It is from Miss Havisham, he assumes. In fact, it is from the convict, Magwitch. Pip becomes ever more snobbish, until his great expectations crash. Dickens was uncertain whether to end the novel happily or unhappily. Happily won out.
As Laura pointed out on the discussion board, it's the 200 year anniversary of Dickens's birth this year, so it's nice this one was chosen. http://www.dickens2012.org/
Happy reading :)