Oct. 15, 7 p.m., "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver

Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at seventeen. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she seeks momentary escape through an obsessive flirtation with a younger man.

She hikes up a mountain road behind her house toward a secret tryst, but instead encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media. The bewildering emergency draws rural farmers into unexpected acquaintance with urbane journalists, opportunists, sightseers, and a striking biologist with his own stake in the outcome.

As the community lines up to judge the woman and her miracle, Dellarobia confronts her family, her church, her town, and a larger world, in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever believed.

 

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  • Julia K.

    Just a reminder: for our next meeting, we are reading State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. I believe we'll have a lively and thought-provoking discussion.

    October 17, 2013

  • Jai R.

    I loved our meeting. The conversation with other women in our group was insightful and open. Thank you ladies for a warm and intellectually stimulating evening:)

    1 · October 16, 2013

  • Kathleen R. P.

    I thought it went well. Good discussion.

    October 16, 2013

  • Jane B.

    I was there, too! (Didn't see my name, but I RSVP'd).

    1 · October 15, 2013

  • Jane B.

    I enjoyed the discussion so much. It brought back what I'd read 3 months before. It's amazing how much the discussion helped me. Jane

    October 15, 2013

  • Kathleen R. P.

    Heard this is a great read:

    One Saturday morning, as the heroine of Alice McDermott’s quietly exquisite new novel is just developing a classic case of preteenage insolence, her mother summons her to the kitchen for a cooking lesson. It’s all in a day’s work, but the girl, Marie, takes it for granted that her mother has already done the family’s laundry and hung it out to dry. This is a book so deft that even the damp shirts and school blouses on the clothesline have some import. Marie sees them “hung upside down by their hems, their arms waving in a way that made me grow dizzy in sympathy.”

    1 · October 12, 2013

    • Kathleen R. P.

      Sorry, Alice McDermott; "Someone"

      October 13, 2013

    • Grace

      Kathleen, I posted the description on Amazon about this book so others can see more about your suggestion. I hope you don't mind.

      1 · October 15, 2013

  • Grace

    #4 SOMEONE by Alice McDermott (4.5 Star Amazon rating) An ordinary life—its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion—lived by an ordinary woman: ...come together in this transformative narrative.
    Our first glimpse of Marie is as a child: a girl in glasses waiting on a Brooklyn stoop for her beloved father to come home from work. A seemingly innocuous encounter with a young woman named Pegeen sets the bittersweet tone of this remarkable novel. Pegeen describes herself as an “amadan,” a fool; indeed, soon after her chat with Marie, Pegeen tumbles down her own basement stairs. The novel reveals us all as fools for this or that...
    Marie’s first heartbreak and marriage; her brother’s brief stint as a Catholic priest, subsequent loss of faith, the Second World War; her parents’ deaths; the births & lives of Marie’s children; the changing world of her Irish-American enclave in Brooklyn... (BOOK SUGGESTED BY KATHLEEN PRITCHARD.)

    October 15, 2013

  • Grace

    #3) THE HUSBAND'S SECRET by Liane Moriarty (4.5 star Amazon rating)
    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
    Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.
    Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.

    1 · October 15, 2013

  • Cindy

    Sorry that I won't be able to make it this week. I will miss our enlightened conversation.

    October 14, 2013

  • Grace

    Apologizes to anyone who has been bombarded with Message Board updates. I was in the process of figuring out how it worked and had to resubmit entries several times. I promise, I will not do that again!

    October 13, 2013

  • Grace

    #2) Book suggestion: CHICKENS IN THE ROAD: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor by Suzanne McMinn (5 Star Amazon rating)

    Suzanne McMinn, a former romance writer and founder of the popular blog chickensintheroad.com Craving a life that would connect her to the earth and her family roots, McMinn packed up her three kids, left her husband and her sterile suburban existence behind, and moved to rural West Virginia. Amid the rough landscape and beauty of this rural mountain country, she pursues a natural lifestyle filled with chickens, goats, sheep—and no pizza delivery.
    With her new life comes an unexpected new love—"52," a man as beguiling and enigmatic as his nickname—a turbulent romance that reminds her that peace and fulfillment can be found in the wake of callenges: including teenagers, milking cows, being snowed in with no heat. , McMinn realizes that she’s living a forty-something’s coming-of-age story

    October 13, 2013

  • Grace

    # 1) Book suggestion: THE SEALED LETTER by Emma Donahue
    (4 Star Amazon rating) Miss Emily "Fido" Faithfull is a "woman of business" and a spinster pioneer in the British women’s movement, independent of mind but naively trusting of heart. Distracted from her cause by the sudden return of a once-dear friend, the unhappily wed Helen Codrington, Fido is swept up in the intimate details of Helen’s failing marriage and obsessive affair with a young army officer. What begins as a loyal effort to help a friend explodes into an intriguing courtroom drama complete with accusations of adultery, counterclaims of rape, and a mysterious letter that could destroy more than one life.
    Based on a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, The Sealed Letter is a riveting, provocative drama of friends, lovers, and divorce, Victorian-style.

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Jai R.

    I loved the story. Thought provoking and laced with humor.

    October 12, 2013

  • Jane B.

    Kingsolver is every bit as wonderful and original in her book Flight Behavior as in Prodigal Summer.

    October 12, 2013

  • Grace

    Hi everyone!
    I'm really looking forward to seeing you all soon.
    To me, "Flight Behavior" was a good read, long book, and I have thoughts (likes & dislikes) to share at our meeting Tuesday, Oct. 15th. Now however, I would love to receive see some information about what ideas areas are floating around as the next book choice.
    Looking up a few titles on Amazon for an overview could give up some preparation to make an informed choice and smooth vote for the next one. I'd love to hear some feedback from others in the group -- Leaders or just members. Thank you.
    Grace

    October 11, 2013

  • Barbara A C.

    I love the work of Barbara Kingsolver, have read the book some time ago, but unfortunately can't make it to the group. I hope sometime in the future.

    October 9, 2013

  • Jari

    I just got the...large print version! From the library. It was the only version they had, but will definitely be easier on the eyes. I am looking forward to this....

    October 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can't make it after all. Maybe next time

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to come to this event please.

    September 28, 2013

  • Ingrid

    I don't know google chrome......ugh........but want to poll, help

    August 22, 2013

  • Cindy

    I voted ok on the poll. For the person locking up - try a different Browser. I used Google-Chrome.

    August 21, 2013

  • Barbara N.

    Lynn: This meetup is listed for 10/17; the third Tues in Oct is 10/15. Thought you might want to correct the date!

    August 21, 2013

    • Lynn L.

      Arghhhhh. I will correct. Thank you

      August 21, 2013

  • Grace

    Hi Jane,
    I experience a pause on Meetup sites when I click commands or highlighted words. Try it again. If the site locks up, it will usually respond after a click in the open space of the page.

    August 21, 2013

  • Jane B.

    My confusion stems from the fact that I can't open the poll.

    August 21, 2013

    • Lynn L.

      I clicked on the name of the pole and it brought me to the different tabs to vote can you try that?

      August 21, 2013

    • Lynn L.

      I clicked on the name of the pole and it brought me to the different tabs to vote can you try that?

      August 21, 2013

  • Jane B.

    Ok, I want to answer this poll, but how?

    August 21, 2013

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