Our summer book group titles, though vastly different in subject, had one thing in common – they all made for great discussions. From July to September we immersed ourselves in the fast-paced world of the spy thriller genre, experienced survival on the high seas and took a six hundred mile journey of faith with the most unlikely of heroes. Let’s take a look back at our Adult Book Group’s summer of reading…
In July, we ventured into the world of international espionage with The Expats by Chris Pavone. This title won the 2012 Edgar Award for best first novel and was liked by an overwhelming majority of the group.
Some of the regular readers of the genre thought the author did a great job of writing a suspenseful story – though a few thought it was clearly a rookie effort. We all agreed that this novel would make a pulse-pounding, nail-biting, on-the-edge-of your-seat thriller of a movie.
We took to the sea in August for a WWI era shipwreck survival story. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan addresses the moral ambiguity that can accompany life and death situations.
Though many in our group found the book difficult to engage with, we all agreed that its central themes of faith, ethics, character, strength and sacrifice along with a deliciously manipulative and untrustworthy narrator made for one of our best meetings yet.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce was a charming and humorous novel about love and redemption. The book tells the story of Harold Fry, recently retired, who sets out to drop a letter in the postbox and ends up embarking on a six hundred mile walk of faith.
Hopeful, meaningful, lovely, thoughtful, amazing were some of the words our discussion participants used to describe this crowd favorite. It was unanimously liked by the group (a very rare occurrence)!
Please join us on Monday, October 14 at 11 a.m. for our discussion of The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro.