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Next Reading Group Meeting

Venue: Trish Tagariello’s house in Seilh

Date: Monday 5th March 2018

Time: 2pm

Contact: Karen Burroughs or Joyce Booth

Details: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Reading Group Review – Heartburn by Nora Ephron

TWIG Reading Group February 2018

Heartburn ( 1983 ), the only novel by Nora Ephron was the book chosen for February. Nora Ephron a journalist is probably is probably best known for being the screen writer behind the film ‘When Harry met Sally’. This book is basically ‘When Harry left Sally’.

The novel is a semi-fictional account of the break up of Ephron’s second marriage to the journalist Carl Bernstein. Her mother a successful Hollywood screenwriter was the person who told her ‘everything is copy’ and taking that advice she turned the humiliation of her husband’s public adultery with the wife of the British Ambassador into a bestseller. An act of revenge.

There was a polar division on this book with approximately 51.9%of the group disliking it preferring to have left it alone and 48.1% loving it.
The main complaint was possibly dislike and disapproval of the lead character, describing her as weak and indulgent. Although it was a fairly short book some people struggled to get through it disliking the style and prose. The inclusion of recipes also didn’t help appearing superfluous to some.

Those of us who enjoyed this read felt that this was a painful subject told with wit, style and perception. Ephron manages to write about the agony of a marriage breakup within comic fiction. “If I tell the story I can make you laugh and I would rather have you laugh at me than feel sorry for me”

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.

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

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

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
Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
The God of Small Things – Arandhati Roy

For further information contact Karen Burroughs.