November 2013 Book Club Selection
Rose's Will, by Denise Desio
Acid-tongued matriarch, Rose D'Orsi, manages to snag the unconditional love of a wise, compassionate millionaire from the senior center. Eli's love, however, doesn't reduce Rose's need for complete submission to her will, or at least a damn convincing facade, as evidenced by Ricky, her 40-year-old people-pleasing son. Unlike her guilt-ridden resentful younger brother, authentic Brooklyn-born Glory D'Orsi believes that meaningful relationships are a two-way street, and that love means surmounting differences, not concealing them. Who's right? And does it really matter after Rose develops a terminal illness and there's so little time left? Ricky and Glory confront their own choices and each other when they grapple with the question: How much are we willing to disown in exchange for parental love and approval, and how do the consequences shape our lives?
The Book Club meets monthly in the HCC Community Center.
Hosted by Roy Towne.