“Paint with the purest and truest colors.”
16 Bookers took a short road trip to the home of Sandy Molander for this month’s meeting to discuss this novel set in Galveston in the aftermath of the 1900 hurricane that killed between six and ten-thousand people. Four-thousand were burned on the beach, the others buried where they were found, “so they’re under every block…when roadwork is done it’s common to find a femur or something else” to verify the tragedy. There is a storm of betrayal brewing as the novel follows the lives of three women, one living a privileged life, her disgraced and flamboyant cousin, and an unnamed girl living on the streets. The book is a testament to how a few words can tilt your world in another direction.
Many of us just returned from our PWC overnight trip to Galveston so the selection was a timely addition. The majority read the novel, half liked it…of those who were not fans, a few were more vocal than others were. The book highlighted how difficult the Victorian era was for women, introduced class, and prejudice, painted Galveston with such vividness you could almost feel the oppressive summer heat, and offered a variety of characters to carry the story line.
On the business side
Looking forward, please email me three books you would like to recommend for next year. A committee of three Bookers will evaluate the choices and present them to us at our September meeting.
COLOR CODING SYSTEM
WHITE: LIGHT READ
PINK: MODERATELY CHALLENGING
Wine & Cheese Evening Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
To Everything A Season by Sherri Schaeffer
Home of Donna Walter
Reviewer: Beverly Dossett
Summer Read: America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie
“Sometimes you have to sit in the skin you built for yourself.”