Lucy drove to Ethel's house and kept her coat on the whole time because Ethel's house is under-insulated with ancient wavy-glass windows. And Ethel is cheap with the heat.
At the meeting there was a lot of chattering and laughing and exclaiming, but not much talking about Hannah Coulter. That's pretty typical. Lucy and Ethel often knit together and never make a stitch so it comes as no surprise to them that a meeting about a book should result in little to no conversation about said book.
Lucy and Ethel fly better by the seat of their pants.
Are you ready to fly with Lucy and Ethel?
Today, let's talk about first impressions. That's not so hard, is it?
Is Hannah Coulter what you expected? Are you motivated to keep reading or is it a struggle?
You can be honest here. The more honest, the better. And if you change your opinions as you go through the book, that's perfectly fine. Mine changed, I'll admit that right now. (When you have so many some are bound to be fickle.)
Second, we need, need, need to talk about the first chapter (or just the first page if you're brighter than most.)
What is up with the first chapter?
How many times did you have to read it before it made any ounce of sense to you?
Was it clear to you who was speaking on the first page? Just curious.
For me, there is a huge difference in clarity between Chapter One and Chapter Two. Given that it's the same narrator I'm trying to figure out why. I did go back and reread Chapter One after I had finished the book and it was like a fine dessert after a satisfying meal. Does this make Chapter One an ineffective introduction or a brilliant one?
Have you seen our marbles?
Lastly, we'd like to know how and to what degree you sympathize, or don't sympathize, with Hannah or any of the characters you've met so far.
Are they folks you relate to? Understand? Are there specific moments they experience that you recognize from your own life?
Please pick and choose from these questions and discuss what interests you. The comments are where the real content of this blog resides. Please feel free to check back and respond to what others are saying, ask questions and generally chime in. Our questions are coming from our own curiosity and I expect your comments will generate more questions. (I just used the same word multiple times in one paragraph when I could have chosen another. Why would I do that? Is that a literary device? Does that remind you of anyone? Don't answer...I'm getting ahead of myself.)
As you answer, please keep in mind we're trying to contain the discussion to Part One for this week. I will be reminding myself of that all day as I really want to talk about Virgie. If you hear me mention Virgie before we get to Part Three, please slap my hand.
What could I do? I couldn't dance. I couldn't sing. I could talk.
I could talk all day about Virgie.
Virgie, Virgie, Virgie.
Virgie, Virgie, Virgie.