Thursday, April 14, 2011
Combining classic themes of fairy tales and war literature, this haunting novel of journey and survival, of redemption and memory, powerfully depicts how war is experienced by families and especially by children, and tells a resonant, riveting story. - -Penguin
A few days ago, my book club met to discuss THE TRUE STORY OF HANSEL AND GRETEL by Louise Murphy. I didn't think I was going to be able attend our meeting until the last minute, so I ended up reading this book in a 24 hour period. In some ways, it was an intriguing read; and in other ways, it was pretty graphic and disturbing. Regardless, I'm not sure that I appreciated this novel as much as I had hoped because of the time constraint I gave myself.
Most of our group liked the book -- some a lot and some not quite as much (I think I fell in the "not quite as much" camp.) We all agreed that the premise behind the story was brilliant. It was the execution of the story where we differed in our opinions. Having said that, I think we had an interesting discussion about the book; and I do recommend it to book clubs.
BLOODROOT by Amy Greene. May is actually my month to host and I've had this book in mind for almost a year. I can't wait to read it, and I have a feeling that it's going to be a good book to discuss! (Or at least, that's what I'm hoping!) Any thoughts?
Summary: Myra Lamb is a wild girl with mysterious, haint blue eyes who grows up on remote Bloodroot Mountain. Her grandmother, Byrdie, protects her fiercely and passes down “the touch” that bewitches people and animals alike. But when John Odom tries to tame Myra, it sparks a shocking disaster, ripping lives apart. Bloodroot is the dark and riveting story of the legacies—of magic and madness, faith and secrets, passion and loss—that haunt one family across the generations. -- Vintage