Short stories: The News from Spain, last 4 stories: bonus meeting

The News from Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story, by Joan Wickersham. Last month we enjoyed discussing the first 3 stories from The News from Spain. This month we'll read and discuss the rest of the book.

If you didn't attend last month, read the whole book if you can, because we're likely to discuss the book as a whole after we discuss the last 4 stories.

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  • Joan P.

    I'm in love with this book club.

    2 · March 10, 2013

  • Joan P.

    Did you realize that the story about the paralyzed dancer was based on George Balanchine's wife? I just discovered this:

    "A great ballerina, she was George Balanchine’s fifth (and last) wife, who was stricken with polio at 27, on the New York City Ballet’s 1956 European tour. Paralyzed from the waist down, she was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. ... when she was 15 and a prodigy in Balanchine’s school, he made a ballet called “Resurgence” ... for a March of Dimes benefit... Balanchine, as the Threat of Polio, came onstage wearing a large black cape and enveloped her; she sank to the floor. In the final movement... she reappeared in a wheelchair, children tossed dimes, and she rose and danced again... Balanchine, who was deeply mystical, was haunted by the notion that he had somehow brought on her fate." from

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Joan P.

    Reminder: Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10. Be sure to "spring forward" so you're on time for our meeting!

    2 · March 9, 2013

  • Joan P.

    I'm sending Shawna's address now -- Mon, 3/4, 4:45 pm -- to those who have RSVPed yes. If you RSVP after that, please contact me directly for the address.

    March 4, 2013

  • Shawna

    I just saw that the email version of this message is kinda screwy, with more links than I added. Huh?

    1 · March 1, 2013

    • Joan P.

      I don't know about that. ??

      1 · March 1, 2013

  • Shawna

    My previous post about Copperfield's turned out to be overpriced, but here's one that's free and should be interesting. Rebecca Miller, daughter of Arthur Miller and wife of Daniel Day Lewis, will read from "Jacob's Folly" in Petaluma @ 6:00 on March 13.

    Book Reviews:,0,4382887.story

    1 · March 1, 2013

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