Wine, chocolate, books, devine…

Last night I attended my very first book club meeting, and I’m excited and inspired. It was a perfect night for it, cold, blustery, wintery…I can’t think of a better way to spend a night like that than cosied up at a friend’s house sharing a glass of wine, a bowl of chocolates and a love of books.

After a quick chat about dates, venues and kid-wrangling, we got onto the important business of choosing which books to read. My god, there’s so much to choose from! Not an easy task narrowing it down to half a dozen – talk about being spoilt for choice.

After a little discussion, we decided that for this month we’ll read Room, by Emma Donoghue. I’m bracing myself – it looks a little heartbreaking. Donoghue’s novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize last year and is by many accounts a book to be read in one sitting (we’ll see about that). The blurb is enticing:

It’s Jack’s birthday, and he’s excited about turning five. He lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measure 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there’s a world outside…

I am really interested to hear what the group thinks about it, it seems like a dark read, but I’ve also heard that Donoghue’s choice to write from Jack’s perspective allows her to avoid it being all doom. I can’t quite imagine how a story like this could be anything but devastating, so I’m really looking forward to seeing how Donoghue has handled the subject matter.

I’ll report back on this novel in a month, after our next meeting.

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