This is a group for those who love ideas, culture, great conversations, and staying active all year long. We read works of (primarily) fiction with a strong sense of time and place, ideally written by an author from the locale in which it’s set. Traveling the world in our reading, it seems only fitting that the discussion be also on the move! So we take our conversations out-of-doors for a walk around our wonderful local Twin cities neighborhoods, lakes, parks, etc. and conclude for final thoughts and conversations at a local establishment for well-deserved refreshments. Example readings might include: “The Blind Assassin” by Margaret Atwood – depression era Ontario, Canada; “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson – 1950s Iowa; or “The Book of Salt” by Monique Truong – 1920s Vietnam, Paris, Exile.
See our group's "Pages" section for a list of past book selections and a shortlist of future reads.
From Goodreads: The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.
Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what's been missing in her life, and when she's forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it's worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.