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Reading Group Choices Interview with Sujata Massey

One of our recommended books is The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Author Sujata Massey takes us behind the scenes of The Widows of Malabar Hill and her new historical mystery series set in India.

For her interview with Reading Group Choices, Sujata Massey speaks about the political and cultural climate of 1920s India, the issues confronting women then and now, and how she constructs a mystery…

Reading Group Choices: Perveen originally wishes to study literature, but her father wants her to study law — which later she embraces and realizes how valuable her contributions can be. Can you talk about that decision to originate the desire for law outside of Perveen herself?

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Reading Group Choices Interview with Kate Quinn

Reading Group Choices interview with Kate Quinn, author of The Huntress

The historical novel The Huntress by Kate Quinn tracks the intersecting lives of an English journalist, a Russian bomber pilot, and a Nazi war criminal living a secret life in Boston.

For her interview with Reading Group Choices, Kate Quinn spoke about her research process, women in the military, creating vivid landscapes, and the fascinating true stories that she just had to include in the book.

Reading Group Choices: Which voice was the first to appear?

Kate Quinn: Technically, Jordan’s—my youngest heroine, the teenaged photographer in Boston.

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RGC Book Group: The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay

One of our recommended books for 2019 is The Far Field by Madhuri VijayOur latest RGC book group selection was Madhuri Vijay’s debut novel The Far Field. Vijay spoke to us about the intersection of character and world events, living in Kashmir, and more.

We’d just like to say that we chose The Far Field for the RGC group even before The New York Times Book Review, New Yorker, and Washington Post gave it glowing reviews. Or before it became an Indies Introduce pick, an IndieNext selection, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection,

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A Feminist Book Group & Bookstore in Paris: Q&A with Lucie Camara

Coven feminist book group and bookstore in paris, france

Meet Lucie Camara, whose feminist book group is the first step to building a community of readers and bringing a new bookstore to Paris.

In a yoga studio on Valentine’s Day, a group of readers came together for the third meeting of COVEN, a feminist book group and larger initiative to bring the only English-language feminist bookstore to Paris. Founder Lucie Camara spoke to Reading Group Choices about her inspiration for the project, her vision for the group, and how to create a safe space for discussion.

Reading Group Choices: How have the first three meetings of the feminist book group differed (if at all) in terms of attendees,

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Reading Group Choices Interview with Blair Hurley

Blair Hurley explores Buddhism, Boston, faith and power in her debut novel.

Blair Hurley, author of The DevotedIn her novel The Devoted, Blair Hurley tells the story of Nicole Hennessy, a student of Zen Buddhism who comes under the influence of her powerful master — and struggles to escape. Blair answered some questions from Reading Group Choices about her book, her Boston and Catholic upbringing, her role as a teacher, and how we come to terms with our pasts.

Reading Group Choices: The main character, Nicole, moves from being a student of Zen under a powerful master to a teacher of others.

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Reading Group Choices Interview with Anne Nesbet

Anne Nesbet cracks history wide open in her latest novel set behind The Iron Curtain

Anne Nesbet is the author of Cloud and Wallfish

Anne Nesbet recently took the time to answer some questions from Reading Group Choices. Her book Cloud and Wallfish is featured in our 2019 Guide.

RGC: Noah and Claudia’s nicknames, Cloud and Wallfish, are unique and feature creative word-play. Did you consider any other nicknames for Noah and Claudia when writing the book? What made you decide on “Cloud” and “Wallfish”?

Anne Nesbet: I just looked back at my first file names for what eventually became Cloud and Wallfish,

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