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By Blood by Ellen Ullman

San Francisco, the 1970s. A disgraced professor takes an office in an old downtown building to plot his return. But he is distracted by the sounds coming from the next room, the office of a psychiatrist. He overhears the therapy sessions of a young lesbian who is in search of her adoptive family. Enraptured by the sound of her voice and obsessed with her story, the professor takes up the patient’s quest as his own and discovers the disturbing truth about her origins. As he sends each new revelation to the patient---disguised as correspondence from an adoption agency---she is energized by the information, but finds herself unmoored from everything she thought she knew about herself. With ferocious intelligence and enthralling, magnetic prose, Ellen Ullman's By Blood is a dark and brilliant novel about connection, identity, history, and the terrible desire to influence another life.

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  • heather p.

    I am early, sitting in front part at a table and with the book! The meeting will be in the back room, just ask the person working here!

    October 16, 2013

  • Danielle J

    Not sure if I will be able to make it. I am hoping to because there were some parts of the book that had me hooked and others I thought were too lengthy and drawn out. Sorry in advance if I am not there tonight!

    October 16, 2013

  • heather p.

    remember to bring book suggestions!

    October 16, 2013

    • Sarah

      I nominate the new Donna Tartt (although we probably need more than a month to get through 700+ pages!) http://www.nytimes.co...­

      October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone going who hasn't finished the book? Should I even bother going? In only about 2/3 through

    October 16, 2013

    • heather p.

      Yes come but of course there will be spoilers!

      October 16, 2013

  • Anne M.

    So sorry! Stuff came up and I'm not going to be able to make it. Again. Please let me know what the next book is. Thank you!

    October 16, 2013

  • Alexandria S.

    Wasn't able to finish the book!! I had a hard time getting into it. But see you all next month!

    October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry cant make it, work conflict

    October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can't make it this time! Enjoy!!

    October 15, 2013

  • Sarah

    So sad to miss this...the book really started to get going right after I posted that I was struggling with it....really interesting read, although I still think there could have been a little fat-trimming of the first third.

    Totally curious what the group thought about the link to Zodiac...

    October 14, 2013

    • heather p.

      will miss your input, see you next month!

      October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting how varied the reactions are to this book. This book grabbed me from page one.

    October 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I know! I found it painful initially but got sucked in big time. Can't wait to discuss.

      October 11, 2013

  • heather p.

    hey all, I want the meetup near a BART, so was thinking we would go back to Pause Wine Bar, is that OK for all? It's hard to find a laidback place with good sound levels...

    October 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds good to me, thx for arranging!

      October 11, 2013

  • Kate R.

    This book was such a page-turner- I loved it! But sadly I'm out of town again due to last-min work travel.

    October 7, 2013

    • Kate R.

      How about Alice Munro in light of the Nobel news?!

      October 11, 2013

    • heather p.

      good idea!

      October 11, 2013

  • Asma K.

    Has there been a location decided yet? Am loving this page turner by the way! Great pick!

    October 10, 2013

  • Sarah

    I am so sorry - I can't make it due to work travel. A third of the way through the book, and still waiting for it to become a page-turner :)

    October 9, 2013

  • JillyFay

    I could not get into this book. I never got past page 2 - the writing style killed me!! Hope i can make it to the next one - and get through the book!!

    1 · October 8, 2013

  • Wanda

    Hi Heather,
    So sorry I'm going to miss this month. I'll be traveling in Spain and Portugal. See you next month!
    Wanda

    October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just discovered there are ways to automatically share comments from your Kindle with fellow readers on Facebook, Twitter, or amazon.com. Has anyone tried using this feature? It seems like this could be fun to incorporate into a book club.

    October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Crepe house location, Polk street or Mission? Looking forward to it.

    September 24, 2013

  • heather p.

    Hi all! I try to choose a spot near a BART...

    September 30, 2013

    • heather p.

      It would be hilarious to meet at House of Shields, the shuttered bar in the building where the guy's office is. But it's too noisy!

      September 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That would be so awesome! We could wear headsets.

      September 30, 2013

  • max

    I vote halfway between Polk and Mission: Market street around Flax Art Supply Store. A totally happy medium. :)

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be out of town.

    July 26, 2013

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