When She Woke by Hillary Jordon

  • May 9, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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May 2013 -Julie will host this month at her house in Christiansburg. She will provide the main dish, and we bring everything else (sides, salad, bread, dessert, wine, etc.) Once you know what you plan to bring, be sure to post it in the comment section below.

As always, we'll eat, drink, discuss the book, and then vote on our book selection for May as well as who will host that meeting. Bring your ideas for books you think we would like to read and be prepared to tell us what they are about.

For May, we will be reading When She Woke. Amazon's desciption of the book follows:

Hannah Payne's life has been devoted to church and family. But after she's convicted of murder, she awakens in a new body to a nightmarish new life. She finds herself lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home, for whom observing new Chromes--criminals whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime--is a sinister form of entertainment. Hannah is a Red for the crime of murder. The victim, says the State of Texas, was her unborn child, and Hannah is determined to protect the identity of the father, a public figure with whom she shared a fierce and forbidden love.

A powerful reimagining of The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke is a timely fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of the not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated, and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith and love.

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  • Rachael

    I really wanted to make this one but Matt and I have a little too much going on to make it.

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am still at work. Still planning in attending, but will have to pick something else up rather than bringing the fancy green fruit salad.

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not going to be able to attend this meeting after all :(
    I will be attending a memorial service instead for a colleague who passed away recently. I hope you have an interesting and colorful discussion!

    May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am planning to bring a roasted red pepper dip and blue chips.

    May 7, 2013

  • Sara Z.

    I'll bring a red beans and rice dish...

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will bring a bulgur salad under the "orange" category (more in flavor than color, but it will work. I will also bring a bottle of wine. Looking forward to it!

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    March 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks! I just finished the book for the May meeting and I am looking forward to the discussion. If I can get through "A Heartbreaking Work..." I'll come to the April meeting. I'm not sure if I'll have time, but I should know better next week and I'll RSVP if I can make it.

      March 24, 2013

    • Rachael

      I'll bring Rhubarb Bars. This is going to be quite a colorful meal! :)

      May 4, 2013

  • David M.

    I'll bring Nutribars & chairs.

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will need a few extra chairs (maybe 4-5). If anyone has a couple folding chairs they can bring, please post! Thanks!

    May 2, 2013

    • Deb R.

      I'll bring two folding chairs.

      May 2, 2013

  • Heidi R.

    If I can find them, I'll make purple potatoes. If not... you guys like orange jello right? ;)

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will bring a green Cool Whip & fruit salad.

    April 25, 2013

  • Jen

    I'll bring a green Brussels sprouts dish!

    2 · April 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yum!

      April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something with blueberries... Looking forward to the discussion!

    April 24, 2013

  • Wendy

    Green tossed salad (with a hint of red)

    April 23, 2013

  • Deb R.

    I'm going to bake a pineapple cake. Yum!

    April 17, 2013

    • Deb R.

      HaHa, I love the color idea! I'll make it a Yellow Pineapple Cake.

      April 23, 2013

  • Shannon B.

    Julie....what a fun theme! I will bring Orange Dreamsicle cookies.

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A staff meeting got scheduled for the night- so bummed to miss out again!

    April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So for a food theme... how about the colors of the 'chromes' in the book? Main course will be a pasta/chicken dish -- in red sauce -- and of course red wine. Other colors I've seen mentioned so far in the book, for inspiration: orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first EVER Meetup event and I can't wait to meet you all!!!

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    not quite ready to get out after my surgery

    April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have gotten into this book a lot faster than the last. It is an interesting story so far and an easy read in my opinion. Looking forward to the discussion.

    April 7, 2013

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