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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Willa picked this book for our October read. The description from amazon.com states:
"With the publication of her first novel, THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work, an enduring masterpiece first published by Houghton Mifflin in 1940. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. When Singer's mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book's heroine (and loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music. Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated -- and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.
Richard Wright praised Carson McCullers for her ability "to rise above the pressures of her environment and embrace white and black humanity in one sweep of apprehension and tenderness." She writes "with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming," said the NEW YORK TIMES. McCullers became an overnight literary sensation, but her novel has endured, just as timely and powerful today as when it was first published. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER is Carson McCullers at her most compassionate, endearing best."

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to meet everyone, I love books and it's great to find folks with stuff in common!!

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you to the organizers of this..I thought it was a great book, great comments about the book, different perspectives...and look forward to the next meeting... take care..

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got us some seats in the back. I have on a grayish blue blazer and my hair is in a pony tail. I'll be reading a book.

    October 4, 2013

  • Melissa

    Ladies, I finished the book today. I am excited about the discussion we will have with it. See you next Friday.

    September 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm still waiting to get this book from the library, but I will be there either way!

      September 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I hate that I have to cancel, but I really do. I am stuck at work trying to finish a bunch of stuff before I leave town tomorrow. I am SO sorry. If I can, I will pop in late just to be there.

      October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone! I'm excited to meet up tomorrow. If anyone has had a change of plans and won't be able to make it, please update your RSVP so we know how many people to look for.

    Since it's a coffee shop we don't have a reserved table, so show up on time and we'll wrangle 12 seats!! See you tomorrow at 7!

    October 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I hate that I have to cancel, but I really do. I am stuck at work trying to finish a bunch of stuff before I leave town tomorrow. I am SO sorry. If I can, I will pop in late just to be there.

      October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ugh I still don't have the book:( I've got the ones for nov and dec though. Should I still come tomorrow?

    October 3, 2013

    • Melissa

      It's up to you Sara. If you feel like you want to meet everyone and enjoy the company then you should come. If you are planning on reading the book and don't want spoilers then you shouldn't come.

      October 4, 2013

    • Melissa

      But I personally vote for yes!

      October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I could come this Friday, but I will be out of town. I hope to make the next meeting. Thank you for organizing!

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, 9 readers already! Couple notes:
    --We've got slightly less time (3 weeks) to read this book so we can get on the new "First Friday" schedule.
    --We're meeting at a coffee shop instead of a restaurant, we figured we'd mix up the location each month for now. Cartel does serve some food and pastries, I believe, but not a full dinner service or anything. Also, wine and beer.

    Excited to see everyone!

    September 15, 2013

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