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Read: The Queen of Whale Cay

Hi Bookies. Due to the craziness of the book store we will not be meeting in December. Our next meeting will be in January. Join us for a discussion of The Queen of Whale Cay by Kate Summerscale:

‘Joe’ Carstairs was born in London in 1900, the daughter of a Scottish colonel and an American heiress. Educated in Connecticut, she returned to Europe in 1916 and drove ambulances for the Women’s Legion in France. She deserted her husband at the church door (marriage was a prerequisite for her to receive her four million dollar inheritance). In the ’30s she started traveling widely, finally moving to the West Indies where she bought the island of Whale Cay. Carstairs succeeded in establishing hegemony over the five hundred islanders, controlling not only their sexual morals but also their diet. Kate Summerscale’s brilliant biography brings out of obscurity a woman whose very boldness took her beyond fame and notoriety.

If you purchase the book at Politics and Prose, receive a 20% discount!

We look forward to seeing you in January. We wish everyone happy holidays and a happy new year.

Susan and Deb

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  • Christina F.

    I felt that the author, in the end, didn't do justice to her subject. She didn't seem to have engaged emotionally with Joe, so the book read a bit like a travelogue rather than a biography. Joe was a quite fantastic person.

    January 10, 2013

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