What we're about

Women Who Read is a lively, fun, always welcoming book club-coffee klatch for Portland Metro women of all ages who want to read and discuss the most critically acclaimed (often award-winning) women novelists of all time--from historical past to current day. We meet at local coffee houses in Portland.

Book selections focus on what is commonly called classic or literary fiction and include such authors as Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Ursula K. Le Guin, Marilynne Robinson, Alice McDermott, Donna Tartt, Lucia Berlin, Annie Dillard, Harper Lee, Anita Brookner, Daphne du Maurier, Willa Cather, Alice Walker, Edith Wharton, Marilynn Robinson, Sue Monk Kidd, Iris Murdoch, Doris Lessing, Carson McCullers, Arundhati Roy, Eudora Welty, Elizabeth Strout, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Munro, and Toni Morrison--to name a handful.

Our hope is to advance a broad understanding and appreciation of women writers writing in English across cultures and centuries, with varied backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Participants are encouraged, but not required, to peruse one or more of the following tomes on the art of the novel: How Fiction Works, by James Wood, Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster, 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel, by Jane Smiley, How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas C. Foster, and How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren.

Led by Susan Bradley, avid reader and community engagement maven for the SkyBlue Portland Real Estate Team. Susan holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Washington.

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The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers (1940)

Urban Grind Pearl

THE NOVEL With the publication of her first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work, an enduring masterpiece first published by Houghton Mifflin in 1940. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small-town life. When Singer's mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book's heroine (and loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music. Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated—and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty. BRING Your annotated novel, any notes you may have taken, and two discussion questions written on separate slips of paper--plus whatever else you need to glide through an hour or two of far-ranging, engaging conversation-- open mind, adventurous spirit, sense of humor, etc.. DISCUSSION PARAMETERS I'll kick things off with a brief overview of the novel, emphasizing its key themes. Then your discussion questions will be folded up, thrown into a heap and selected at random for insightful rumination by the group. :-) FACEBOOK PAGE For ongoing discussion on novels we're reading and literature in general, check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pdxwomenreaders COURTESY & NO SHOWS If you register for a meetup and later discover that you are unable to attend, please unregister AT LEAST 24 HOURS in advance of the meetup. Membership in this group will be discontinued after two no-shows. Thanks for understanding!

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Hotel Du Lac, Anita Brookner (1984)

Urban Grind Pearl

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