The Group meets on the second Friday of each month. We meet in the home of one of the group members and discuss the book of the month whilst enjoying coffee (or tea) and cake.
All ten members of the group met on 11th October to review "Carrying Albert Home----the somewhat true story of A Man, his Wife and her Alligator" by Homer Hickam.
In 1930s America, Elsie Lavender finds herself back where she began, in the coalfields of West Virginia. She has just one memento of her halcyon days -- a baby alligator named Albert. One day her husband's patience snaps and Elsie has to choose between Albert and her husband Homer. There is only one thing to do, they would carry Albert home to Florida.
This book is written by the son of Elsie and Homer (Senior) and the story seems to be a family legend. The thousand mile journey across America to take the pet alligator to Florida is basically true, but much of the written word is not! The picture of America during the depression, the despair of those without any work or prospects and the contrasts between the different states is well documented. The core of the book is the relationship between Elsie and Homer.
Most of the group enjoyed the book, parts of it are very amusing and we were all drawn to Homer Senior. Snapshots of John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway. vivid descriptions of a hurricane and the hospitality the couple received during their journey are entertaining factors of the book. Read it with an open mind!
Nine members of the group met on 8th November to review "Missing Presumed" by Susie Steiner.
Edith Hinds, trophy daughter of eminent surgeon Ian and his GP wife Miriam, is gone. Leaving behind her coat, phone and keys, a smear of blood and a half open door. The heroine of the book, Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw, is a quirky character, desperately looking for love, with a soft heart underneath a tough exterior.
Despite a slow start, the book is full of plot twists, interspersed with character studies of the police officers, family and friends of the missing young lady and a few others we learn about during the investigation.
High quality writing and a clever, compelling plot made this book a best seller in 2016. The author is blind but her research into police procedures and social differences all add to the enjoyment. One to curl up with on a gloomy winters day!
We have just finalised our reading list for 2020.