RGC Group’s Book 3:
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
Our RGC group’s book 3 was Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. Eimear recently published her second novel, The Lesser Bohemians.
For many of our group members this was the first time reading a novel written with a lyric prose style so we discussed writing style as much as the story itself. The book brought up many important and timely issues to discuss: gender, power, trauma, individuality and perception,
RGC Group’s Book 2: The Thing About Jellyfish
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Our RGC group’s second book was Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish. This was our group’s first Young Adult book, and while the setting took us back to middle school memories (some fond, some not so fond), the issues and struggles were ageless. We had a very interesting discussion about grief, individuality, friendship, bullying, and the different actions that can be used in place of words. And Ali kindly agreed to answer a few questions for us!
Thank you James Hannah, author of The A to Z of You and Me for the wonderful Skype Chat with the book group The Wanderers!
A Note From the Wanderers
In 2013 our ten members met at the local library and decided to organize the North Versailles Book Club. Even though we have different backgrounds (Artists, Teacher, Salesman, Homemaker, Minister, Business Owner and administrative assistant), we have one thing in common: our love of reading. Our meetings are held the first Friday of the month at a local family restaurant.
RGC Group’s Book 1 is: Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
Our first book was Allison Amend’s, Enchanted Islands. We enjoyed following Frances to Chicago, Nebraska, San Francisco, and of course the Galapagos Islands, and we found it especially fitting for the end of the summer. We had a very interesting discussion about chance and circumstance, and Allison kindly agreed to answer a few questions for us!
RGC Group: Once you decided you were going to write about Frances Conway, and you knew her story on the islands, how did you choose where to start?