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March Book Discussion - The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

  • Mar 8, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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We will read The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud for our March book.

The description:

Nora Eldridge, a 37-year-old elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is on the verge of disappearing. Having abandoned her desire to be an artist, she has become the "woman upstairs," a reliable friend and tidy neighbour always on the fringe of others' achievements. Then into her classroom walks a new pupil, Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale. He and his parents--dashing Skandar, a half-Muslim Professor of Ethical History born in Beirut, and Sirena, an effortlessly glamorous Italian artist--have come to America for Skandar to teach at Harvard. But one afternoon, Reza is attacked by schoolyard bullies who punch, push and call him a "terrorist," and Nora is quickly drawn deep into the complex world of the Shahid family. Soon she finds herself falling in love with them, separately and together. Nora's happiness explodes her boundaries--until Sirena's own ambition leads to a shattering betrayal. Written with intimacy and piercing emotion, this urgently dispatched story of obsession and artistic fulfillment explores the thrill--and the devastating cost--of giving in to one's passions. The Woman Upstairs is a masterly story of America today, of being a woman and of the exhilarations of love. 

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We usually chat for the first 15-20 minutes before beginning any discussion about the book.

See you there!

Jackie

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a fun time, ladies! I'm looking forward to the next one!

    March 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thoroughly enjoy the conversation that follows the book discussion. This group has become one of the highlights of my month.

    2 · March 8, 2014

  • Violet R.

    Always fun when we get together.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, didn't get to the book. Maybe next month.

    March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dumb question-but are we to have read the entire book by Saturday? ~Antonia

    March 6, 2014

    • Shannon

      I often haven't finished the book, so it is up to you really, but there will obviously be spoilers if you haven't finished it as the group who did read it all will want to talk about the end!

      1 · March 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    No. You can still come if you haven't finished it.

    March 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I didn't get past the first few pages so I'll have to skip this meeting, sorry about that, but I'm looking forward to reading Monuments Men.

    March 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very disappointed that i will not be able to make the March 08 Meet Up. I really loved this book. Looking forward reading the next books and meeting up next month. Enjoy! Wendy

    February 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    An interesting read so far!

    February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just picked up the book from the library; I'm happy to have found a book club that meets on the weekend.

    February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make February's meet up but I look forward to meeting other members in March.

    February 1, 2014

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