April 16, 2011
Greetings, TNB readers and Book Club members!
This month’s TNB Book Club selection is Stewart O’Nan’s Emily, Alone.
Emily, Alone, a sequel to the bestselling Wish You Were Here, “follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long moved away. She dreams of vists by her grandchildren while mourning the turnover of her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood, but when her sole companion and sister-in-law Arlene faints at their favorite breakfast buffet, Emily’s days change. As she grapples with her new independence, she discovers a hidden strength and realizes that life always offers new possibilities. Like most older women, Emily is a familiar yet invisible figure, one rarely portrayed so honestly. Her mingled feelings-of pride and regret, joy and sorrow- are gracefully rendered in wholly unexpected ways.”
What about you?
What has your experience been with Emily? How has her journey toward end-of-life independence affected you? What do you make of her relationship with her family? How do you feel about O’nan’s style and pacing?
Feel free to share your thoughts about any or none of these questions in the discussion below.
Save the date: Our cyber-chat with Stewart O’nan will be happening on Monday April 25th, at 9pm EST/6:00pm PST. Keep an eye on your email for log in instructions, which should be arriving shortly.
Not a member of the TNB Book Club? Follow this link to sign up. For the unbelievable price of $9.99 a month, Book Club members will receive a new book each month, along with an exclusive monthly e-mail newsletter with info, updates, and instructions on how to attend the book club meetings online. Attending the meetings will be as simple as clicking a link and logging in to the meeting page at a predetermined date and time, with a username and password provided by TNB. Fun!