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New Meetup: July Main Meetup

From: Eleanor
Sent on: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 6:08 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Glasgow Book Club!

What: July Main Meetup

When: Tuesday, July 6,[masked]:30 PM

Waxy O'Connors
44 West George Street G2 1DH

As summer moves in, the weather gets warmer, and people start thinking about holidays (and football!), I hope you also find the time to read the books nominated for July?s Book Group Meetup:

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (nominated by Eleanor and enthusiastically championed by John) is an Orange award winning, million copy selling book that has recently been hailed as ?modern classic?. The book is about Eva, who never really wanted to be a mother, certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher who tried to befriend him. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood and Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her absent husband, Franklyn. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails. Described variously as ?a stunningly powerful novel?, ?horrifying, original, witty, brave and deliberately provocative?, and ?Desperate Housewives as written by Euripedes? (?!) it certainly promises to be a book about which everyone will have an opinion.

Under the Skin by Michel Faber (nominated by Brian) is apparently a book which defies categorisation. The blurbs don?t give much away about this book, which would appear to the point, prepare to be surprised! All I can find out is that it?s very beautifully written and it about Isserley, a woman obsessed with picking up male hitchhikers, but only as long as they?re well muscled and alone. But why? As the novel unfolds, and the reason becomes clear, the reader is drawn inextricably into a completely unexpected and increasingly terrifying world. Name checked in a recent Guardian on the best books in the last decade this first work from a Highlands based Dutch author is another read that promises to be something special.

The other books nominated were

Summerhill: A Free Range Childhood by Matthew Appleton (Jim)
The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy (Danny)
The Bolter by Frances Osborne (Becky)
A Week in December by Sebastian Faulkes (Eleanor)

I look forward to seeing you all in July for some more discussion and debate about what you liked, didn?t like, and everything else in between. I promise to not mess up the RSVPs this time as well.


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