Apr 16, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Hello Bad girls! Let's get together again for another fun-filled evening to discuss our banned/challenged book of the month and whatever else comes up. I hope everyone will come out for some great conversation, coffee, food and bad girl antics! See you there.
April's book will be the "The Woman Upstairs" by Claire Messud. Like "Gone Girl" it features an unreliable and often unlikeable narrator.
From the NYT review: Claire Messud’s latest novel, “The Woman Upstairs,” is an incongruous mashup of a very self-consciously literary novel (invoking the likes of Chekhov) and one of those psychological horror films like “Single White Female” or “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,” in which someone, ominously, is not who she appears to be.
...Becoming a teacher was a practical choice, but Nora has dreamed of another life — a life as an artist, as an urban sophisticate, at home in places like Paris and Rome and Madrid, not teaching elementary school in Cambridge, Mass. She won plaudits in high school for coming up with an inventive solution to an art assignment and since then has secretly cherished wild ambitions. Her current project consists of little dollhouselike constructions, depicting rooms inhabited by Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Alice Neel and Edie Sedgwick. It’s hard for the reader to tell how trustworthy a narrator Nora is, and things get considerably messier after she meets the Shahid family. The Shahids have moved to Cambridge from Paris for a year, and their son, Reza, is one of Nora’s newest students. Nora promptly falls in love with every member of the family.