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Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

  • 6 days ago · 7:00 PM
  • Kate's home, East Falls

Hello everyone! Thanks so much to everyone who joined us last night. I really enjoyed meeting everyone! Our next book is a powerful read, but has some difficult themes. Looking forward to our discussion next month.

The modern literary classic that has been compared to To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye "As close to flawless as any reader could ask for." —The New York Times Book Review

Greenville County, South Carolina, is a wild, lush place that is home to the Boatwright family-a tight-knit clan of rough-hewn, hard- drinking men who shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who get married young and age too quickly. At the heart of this story is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as Bone, a bastard child who observes the world around her with a mercilessly keen perspective. When her stepfather Daddy Glen, "cold as death, mean as a snake," becomes increasingly more vicious toward her, Bone finds herself caught in a family triangle that tests the loyalty of her mother, Anney-and leads to a final, harrowing encounter from which there can be no turning back.

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  • Abby C.

    great to see everybody! (by the way, kate i'm really sorry but i'm pretty sure my water bottle decided to uncap itself and spill some water in your living room. oops)

    2 · 6 days ago

    • Kate D.

      No worries! I noticed no puddles though.

      2 days ago

    • Abby C.

      good. glad to hear it

      2 days ago

  • Jen

    Always great company and conversation. I promise I'll read the book next time so I'm not just talking out of my ass. :P Thanks for hosting Kate!

    2 · 5 days ago

    • Ann von M.

      Your comments from seeing the movie helped get it going, Jen.

      4 days ago

    • Kate D.

      My pleasure! I always recommend people come if they haven't read the book. Often leads to interesting questions

      2 days ago

  • Ann von M.

    harrowing to discuss this book but I thought everybody contributed ideas that helped me understand and learn. Plus thank you for a nice evening. Looking forward to the next one.

    2 · 5 days ago

  • Dawn

    So sorry for the late change: I have to run out to deal with an emergency and I am not thinking I'll make it, as it's already 630! Ugh!!! So sorry to be missing this!!! Please let me know what our next pick is--def going to try to be there next time!!! Again my apologies

    6 days ago

  • Kate D.

    Regional rail norristown/manayunk east falls stop is about a block and a half from the house. Walk up the hill to the bridge then walk down the hill to the house. There are also buses that stop on Ridge Avenue which is about a half a block away. Hope that helps!

    6 days ago

  • tina h.

    Anyone driving there?

    1 · 6 days ago

    • Katy W.

      Me! Sent you a private message.

      6 days ago

  • Meg

    Not gonna be able to make this event. Work is making us stay late to meet a deadline. I hope you guys have a good time discussing this book. I'm looking forward to reading the next pick!

    6 days ago

  • Ann von M.

    I found a SEPTA regional rail route. Thanks, Kate, hope to see you, probably ten minutes past 7. Hope that's alright.

    6 days ago

  • Kate D.

    I'm sorry everyone - I totally spaced that the meetup was this week. Will send out the address now

    1 · 6 days ago

  • Dawn

    Just wondering: Has the address of the event been sent to rsvp's yet? I'm a little sad to see the reaction of so many to this book. I count this book among the short list of books that changed my life. Is it heavy? Yes. It is evocative, gritty, and at times difficult to swallow. I am looking forward to the discussion because it is important to process what emotions this book brought up.

    I don't know if it helps to know that a licensed therapist with over 15 years of experience working with survivors of trauma will be present? As long as when the address is revealed it isn't an hour drive away, I'm planning to be there. If things get too heavy or something gets triggered for someone, maybe it's helpful to know there is "backup" to help cope with anything that may come up. Just throwing that out there fwiw.

    1 · November 29

  • Abby C.

    i should point out that this is tomorrow. could we have the address please. i need to know where i'm going. i won't really have internet access tomorrow. hello? anybody out there?

    November 29

  • Jen

    I didn't get to read, but I'm going to attend because I missed the last meet up and I really enjoyed the company and conversation. I'm going to watch the movie tonight so I can at least keep up with some themes and maybe we can compare and contrast.

    November 29

  • Tahitia

    Unfortunately I have to prep for a conference now and can't attend. Hopefully I can make the next one.

    November 29

  • Maureen

    Unfortunately, something came up and I'm not going to be able to go. Maybe it is for the best, as this seems to be a very heavy topic to deal with for my first meeting with all of you. Looking forward to the next book and meeting.

    November 28

  • sal

    HI - just joined so don't have time to read the Carolina book (kinda glad about that). How do I get notified about the next book?

    Thanks!

    November 26

    • Kate D.

      Hi sal, welcome to the group. We decide the books at the meetings, and then post the selection on Meetup shortly thereafter. Look forward to meeting you!

      November 26

  • Kate D.

    Hi all - definitely a tough read. Understand if you don't want to discuss - we'll definitely do something a little lighter to get us through the holidays.

    4 · November 25

  • Abby C.

    it was a tough read. but i knew it would be. still planning to be there though. i suggest we pick something a little lighter for the next 1, for balance. a reason to show up, then you get to vote

    1 · November 21

  • brenda g.

    Hi everyone, I'm sorry but I'm going to bow out too - actually for the same reason as Marci.
    My apologies...

    November 21

  • Marci

    I have changed my mind about attending because I don't think I can stand to discuss this plot.

    November 20

  • Marci

    Ironically, I visited Greenville, SC two weeks ago. Looks nothing like the description in the book anymore!
    Just finished the book----dealing with my reaction.

    November 17

  • Marci

    Kate, I have a large home good for this but it is challenging to find after dark if you have never been here before. But I can host if need be and can send detailed directions. I live in Bala Cynwyd. Certainly in the spring when it gets dark later!

    October 28

    • Kate D.

      Sounds great, thanks!

      October 28

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