Carson McCullers's "The Member of the Wedding"

In Carson McCullers' writing, every word evokes the tragic and miraculous emotional truths of ordinary experience. Her characters are complex, even weird, but feel entirely genuine; her scenes are accessible even when they aren't familiar. In The Member of the Wedding, Frankie Adams is hungry for escape, hungry for belonging; it is her peculiar resolution to this classic adolescent paradox that makes her unique. Frankie finds a new identity in her determination to become an integral part of her brother's wedding: "At last she knew just who she was and understood where she was going. She loved her brother and the bride and she was a member of the wedding. The three of them would go into the world and they would always be together." This fantasy transforms Frankie's twelve-year old perspective on herself, her relationships, and her small southern hometown. Her inevitable disillusionment and ultimate survival seem almost mythical, yet the tale is told in the simplest terms. The ongoing conversations in the hot kitchen between Frankie, her cousin John Henry, and the cook Berenice resonate with social and personal authenticity. This is a story to be read and reread, to be heard and felt and trusted. Available in eBook format.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Mao and I found each other and had a good discussion. :)

    June 10, 2012

  • Rebecca

    Sorry, but I won't be able to lead this discussion b/c of illness. I hope you all can attend, push some tables together in the union, and discuss this good book on coming of age.

    June 9, 2012

  • Rebecca

    Lenore: the meetings last anywhere from an hour to 2 hours, depending on the number of people and how much everyone has to say.
    BR: the meetings start with seeing who's read the whole book and who liked it/disliked it. then we start discussing the book. we try not to get off on tangents -- leaving non-book topics til we are done with the discussion.

    June 9, 2012

  • lenore s.

    This will be my first time. How long do these meetings last. I have to pick someone up at the airport around 4:30-5:00.

    June 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I joined a bit ago. I plan on being there June 10....I got the ebook and am reading the book now. Can someone explain what goes on at your meet ups.

    June 1, 2012

  • Rebecca

    date changed to not conflict with father's day.

    March 26, 2012

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