Book Club One
BOOK CLUB ONE'S GROUP LEADER is Sue Harsent, the Group meet on the first Monday of the month from 10 am to 12 noon.
The books, which are provided by the library, are handed out at the meeting to be read during the forthcoming month and then discussed at the next meeting.
Numbers for this Group are limited to enable the library to supply enough books for all but if you would like to join please do talk to Sue at the main monthly meeting or use the Contact page to send her an email
BOOK CLUB ONE SUPPORTS THE LIFEBOATS
At today's meeting of Book Club 1 we discussed The Muse by Jessie Burton. The novel begins with a Trinidadian girl, Odelle, arriving in UK thinking she will be welcomed with open arms and discovering that despite her good education she will only get work as a sales assistant in a shoe shop. She sees an advertisement for a secretary at a gallery attends for an interview and is hired by a glamorous and enigmatic woman. She discovers Odelle can write and gets her first piece published. A young man Odelle has met shows up at the gallery with a painting to have it valued with a view to selling. The painting has a secret history from the time of the Spanish civil war. Somehow Odelle's boss knows far more of its past but for some reason will not elucidate.
Overall the consensus was one of approval, although everyone was disappointed with the chopping and changing from one story to another. It seems to be a fashion at the moment to do this either with the same characters jumping from one period of time to another, or with this where there are two stories that at the very end you discover the link. It was well written and the characters were very believable, and the descriptions of the areas very good. It has a twist at the very end, which one had managed to correctly figure out. Both of the stories had great merit and would have stood as individual stories, but the amalgamation while interesting was at the same time so frustrating. This is the second novel by this writer and a third novel is currently available, one felt they would not wish to read further from this author.
With advice that the Southend Libraries are now closed due to the Covid-19 crisis, Book Club 1 have suspended our monthly meetings until further notice. As soon as this situation changes members will be advised and this notice updated. Stay safe.