Welcome (back) to book group!
I think we’ve got our best ever line up of books to discuss over the next few months. In February we’ll be chatting about Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, which Liv and I agreed was one of our favourite reads of last year. As a dissection of an outwardly perfect marriage, Franzen excels in depicting the dissatisfactions and personal tragedies that lurk behind a comfortable middle class life. By the end of the book, we know Patty, Walter and the Barrier Street gang almost as well as we know our own friends. But do we like them as much?
Freedom is quite a long novel, but even if you have a chance to read a couple of chapters, it offers up loads of ideas ripe for discussion. It’s also a page turner – so pack the kids off to bed, curl up on the sofa and settle down for a few hours in the (newly gentrified) city of St Paul.
Also, just a reminder that we have moved our time and location. We now meet at BALTIC in the Quay education space, which is on Level 2 (sometimes behind an exhibition wall, but don’t worry, it’s always open). There are loads of toys for toddlers and pre-schoolers and plenty of space for new crawlers to test out their freedom. At the moment our children range from 0 – 4 years, so come along with your little angels/ rascals and join us for a grown up chat. Our meetings take place from 10.30-11.30am on the second Friday of the month. Next month is the exception, when we will meet on Friday 17 February.
Hope to see you all there!