Upstairs at the Party

Upstairs at the Party by Linda Grant focuses on the experiences of a group of students at a new university in the 1970s. It’s well observed and felt spookily familiar, even though most of us were students in the 90s. We liked the nostalgic   re-creation of recent history and also the idea – central to the plot – that small decisions can change the course of your life. But we felt it hard to relate to the characters, especially narrator Adele, and the plot was confusing at times as it jumped between the present and events in the early 70s. An interesting and evocative read, then, but not one of our favourites. Next month’s meeting is at 10.30am on 12 February and we’ll be discussing Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. Hope to see you then.

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