January Meetup: The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

For January, Courtnie will be leading our discussion of The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood.

Description:  On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, an uncompromising young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie O, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying.

Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. By telling the stories of the dead, Vivien not only helps others cope with their grief but also begins to understand the devastation of her own terrible loss. The surprising connection between Claire and Vivien will change the life of one of them in unexpected and extraordinary ways.

Part literary mystery and part love story, The Obituary Writer examines expectations of marriage and love, the roles of wives and mothers, and the emotions of grief, regret, and hope.

Reminder: Time Tested is happy to order a book for you if they don't have it on the shelves - and it's easy! Just call or stop by... they put in orders on Tuesdays and it is often available that Thursday. Be sure to let them know you are with the Sacramento Women's Book Club.

The $5 fee goes to Time Tested Books for letting us use their great space.

Please bring a dish to share with the group (whatever you like!). Thanks!


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  • Elise M.

    I enjoyed it. It was first time in a book club. Looking forward to next next month!!

    January 23, 2014

  • pamela r.

    Had so much fun discussing the book and hearing all the different perspectives.

    January 23, 2014

  • kris

    Thanks Courtnie, foe leading! It was a great discussion!

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Tara

    I'm really, really enjoying this book, but other events have come up in my life this week and prevented me from finishing it! :(

    January 22, 2014

  • Julie

    Feeling under the weather and can't make it. Loved the room.

    January 22, 2014

  • Laurie G

    This cold/flu has gotten me down and I don't want to spread any germs! I am so disappointed; I loved the book and was looking forward to the discussion:(

    January 22, 2014

  • Melissa

    Disappointed I will not be able to make it tonight, work conflict. Enjoy!

    January 22, 2014

  • Karen C.

    I'm very sorry, but I woke up ill and will not be able to attend tonight's meeting. I absolutely LOVED this Month's book and hate missing tonight

    January 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry. I will not be able to attend as I will have my son.

    January 21, 2014

  • Jamie C.

    Can't make it this month, but looking forward to next month. Have fun! :)

    January 21, 2014

  • Catherine B.

    Thanks for telling me I can come after all, but I've been away over the MLKingJr. holiday, and can't read the book in time for tomorrow, so reluctantly, I must decline.

    January 21, 2014

  • Elise M.

    Excited to be attending this month!! Got the book and looking foreword to next week. This is my first book club.

    January 18, 2014

  • Julie

    It's a great book. Looking forward to next week's discussion.

    January 15, 2014

  • Cassie J.

    Thanks Liz for opening up the waitlist space - I'm psyched to attend! I just started reading the book and am really enjoying it so far. Looking forward to meeting everyone next week. :-)

    January 15, 2014

  • Liz C

    Wait list folks, here is your chance! I have a last minute work conflict. Sorry to miss the discussion.

    January 15, 2014

  • Janet

    All - Same job but different schedule. Will traveling for a bit. We

    January 10, 2014

  • Elise M.

    Yeah me too Karen gonna get book this weekend and start reading. Can't wait!!

    January 2, 2014

  • Karen C.

    Just bought the book. Sounds fascinating and can't wait to start reading! So if I move off the wait list, I'll be ready!

    December 31, 2013

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