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August's Book Club Meetup

  • Aug 27, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • The fox hole

August's Sydney Girly Book Club Selection: "The Silver Star" by Jeannette Walls.

Here is the synopsis on

The Silver Star, Jeannette Walls has written a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world, a triumph of imagination and storytelling.

It is 1970 in a small town in California. 'Bean' Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who found something wrong with every place she ever lived, takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that's been in Charlotte's family for generations.

An impetuous optimist, Bean soon discovers who her father was, and hears many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Because money is tight, Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town; a big man who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister;inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist. But when school starts in the fall, it's Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz.

Jeannette Walls, supremely alert to abuse of adult power, has written a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustices.

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  • Kristen S.

    Here's the story for anyone who missed it:

    1 · September 5, 2014

  • Kristen S.

    The news story will be on tonight's Seven News.

    August 30, 2014

  • Claire N.

    Hi, this will be my first time (and first book club!). I'm at a conference which finishes at 5.30 - is anyone getting there before 7 and would be getting some dinner (there if it has food, or somewhere nearby)?

    August 27, 2014

    • Amanda

      Great thanks

      August 27, 2014

    • Kristen S.

      We'll be downstairs later on, so feel free to head down there and grab some space! It's reserved under 'book club'

      August 27, 2014

  • Pam G.

    Gone down with the lurgy will be in bed with a cup of tea feeling very sorry for myself

    August 27, 2014

  • Kristen S.

    Cameraman is confirmed! They'll only be there for the first little bit, so if you're camera shy feel free to come a bit later. Would be great to bring your copy of the book, be it an eReader or printed.

    August 26, 2014

  • Kristen S.

    Hi girls - so Seven News is doing a story on eReaders vs. paper books, and they've asked to join our meeting on Wednesday to get a few opinions. It's not 100% yet but just wanted to give you a head's up that there may be a cameraman case any of you have warrants out or are lying about your whereabouts on book club nights ;)

    Here is a link to the story they're building on:

    2 · August 25, 2014

  • Brenda

    Can't make it this week. Have a bad cold. Next time!

    August 26, 2014

  • Kristen S.

    Ladies I was going to book at Foxhole again unless anyone has any suggestions for a new venue?

    1 · August 16, 2014

  • Amanda

    Hi ladies I'm new to the book club too ! I intend to find the book at the library this week !

    1 · August 2, 2014

  • Marcha V.

    Just finished reading the book. Thought I'd get a head start but it was so good I could not put it down... Haha may have to read it again before club.

    1 · July 31, 2014

  • Marcha V.

    Excited, this will be my first book club! Looking forward to meeting all of you lovely ladies :-)

    2 · July 24, 2014

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