I may not be Oprah , but I am part of a pretty fantastic book club. We get together roughly every six weeks, and take turns hosting, which also involves choosing the title and providing the refreshments. This time around, I’m in charge, and I’m sharing my selection with you. Though I can’t offer you any treats (my witty repartee is treat enough, non?), I hope that I can introduce you to a terrific piece of literature. (I’ve already read it – thanks, Mom, for picking it out for me last Christmas!)
I am counting on the actual members of my book club (and you know who you are!) to offer a couple of comments along the way. Oh, but unlike at our real meetings, you are expected to remain on topic! Please don’t post any spoilers though!
My choice? “Good To A Fault” by Marina Endicott. Here’s how the publisher describes the book: “Absorbed in her own failings, Clara Purdy crashes her life into a sharp left turn, taking the young family in the other car along with her. When bruises on the mother, Lorraine, prove to be late-stage cancer, Clara tries to do the right thing, moving the three children and their terrible grandmother into her own house. As Lorraine walks the borders of death, Clara expands in to life, finding purpose, energy and unexpected love amidst the hard, unaccustomed work of sharing her days. But the burden is not only Clara’s: the children must cope with the guilt of divided loyalties, and Lorraine must live with her growing, unpayable debt to Clara — and the feeling that Clara has taken her place.”
It’s Canadiana, it’s award-winning, it’s powerful, and it’s waiting at your local bookstore or library for you to pick it up. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!