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Next Reading Group Meeting


Venue: Jane Edsall’s house in Labastide Saves

Date: Monday 1st April

Time: 2pm

Contact: Karen Burroughs or Joyce Booth

Details: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Reading Group Review – The Woman in the Window by A.J Finn

TWIG Reading Group March 2019

‘The Woman in the Window’ by A.J.Finn proved to be a very popular read this February.
This is a psychological thriller set in New York City. The woman of the title, Anna lives in a brownstone house in Harlech which she is unable to leave due to the devastating effects of agoraphobia.
Anna spends her time drinking red wine, to numb some pain, talking to her cat and spying on her neighbours with a high resolution camera.
She has home physio once a week and there is a lodger who lives in a flat downstairs. She speaks regularly to her young daughter and estranged husband via the phone.
On one occasion she hears a piercing scream and witnesses what appears to be a murder. She reports this incident to the police who do arrive but don’t believe what she claims to have observed as credible.
The majority of the group enjoyed this book. It is well written with vivid descriptions of people and incidents. One person felt that the main protagonist came across as so repulsive and manipulative that she felt unable to continue reading.
It was felt to be very Hitchcockian (if that’s a real word) comparing very positively to Rear window, with the appropriate feeling of suspense and tension which made it very page turning. The main character Anna is a woman and many of us were surprised to discover that the author is actually a man because his depiction of Anna was so convincing.
Some people felt the book was a little difficult to get into at the start and that the ending was perhaps a little rushed but generally speaking a very enjoyable read.

Reading Group

The Reading Group meets at member’s home on the first Monday of the month 2pm to 4pm to discuss and share opinions on a chosen book in a friendly social atmosphere over coffee and biscuits.

Find below some of the suggested books for our current reading list:

Reading Group Book List

This is the reading group’s current list of books that we plan to read and discuss at future meetings. The books are suggested by members and changes all the time as we regularly update it.
2019
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman – 7th January 2019
Pachinko – Min Jin Lee – 4th February
The Woman in the Window – A. J. Finn – 4th March
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt – 1st April
The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris – 6th May
The History of Bees – Maja Lunde – 3rd June
This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay – 1st July
The Stolen Bicycle – Wu Ming-Mi
Everything’s Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow – Peter Hoeg
2018
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte – 8th January 2018
Heartburn – Nora Ephron – 5th February
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewski – 5th March
The Personal History of Rachel Dupree – Ann Weisgarber – 9th April
The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield – 7th May
The Underground Railway – Colson Whitehead – 4th June
The Keeper of Lost Things – Ruth Hogan – 2nd July
Dalva – Jim Harrison – 3rd September
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 1st October
How to Stop Time – Matt Haig - 5th November
Left Neglected – Lisa Genova – 10th December
2017
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling – 9th January 2017
The Ginger Tree – Oswald Wynd – 6th February
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain – John O’Farrel – 6th March
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson – 3rd April
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel – 24th April
Giving Up the Ghost – Hilary Mantel – 24th April
Too Close to the Falls – Catherine Gildiner – 29th May
Light between the Oceans – M.L Steadman – 3rd July
The Dressmaker – Birkelund Oberbuck – 4th September
The House by the Lake – Thomas Harding – 2nd October
Us – David Nicholls – 6th November
Bel Canto – Ann Pratchett – 4th December
2016
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins – 11th January 2016
The Minituarist – Jessie Burton – 1st February
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons – 7th March
The Aftermath – Rhidian Brook – 4th April
Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson – 2nd May
The Magpies – Mark Edwards – 6th June
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion – 4th July
A Death in the Family – Karl Ove Knausgaard – 5th September
The Green Road – Anne Enright – 3rd October
Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain – 7th November
Rivers of London – Ben Aaronovitch – 12th December 2016

For further information contact Karen Burroughs.