I am hosting a book group tomorrow and as we have had a run of rather gloomy/melancholy books I am under pressure to produce something a bit more cheery! I need to give a choice of 3 and we then vote.
So far I have got the new Virago book of Ghost Stories (topical) but now am stuck. Can anyone think of something uplifting/entertaining which is not chick lit as I am struggling (nothing against chick lit btw, I read it by the tonne, but frowned on in book group!!)
I agree that it isn't very good but what is interesting is just how very successful it was in France, given that it is such a vicious criticism of the pretensions of the modern bourgeoisie and yet appallinglybadly not very well written and highly pretentious in its own right.
I like the idea of The elegance of the Hedgehog too - thanks Anna.
We have already done metamorphosis - which i love btw - and the tractors one! Owen Meany might be a runner but I think from meory some of the group have read it...we shall see!
Who knew there were so many non-depressing books around - sometimes I feel thatI cannot bear to read any more novels with the words "poignant" or "moving" on the blurb, especially if they are also combined with the word "exploration"...
I know you've probably chosen by now but my last book club (not one where I currently live) read: Cocaine Nights The Colour - Rose Tremain Lady Chatterlys Lover The Jane Austen Book Club You've probably read them all if you've been going a while, but if not maybe you can add them to next months list. What did you chose? Like to keep abreast of what everyone's reading now I don't attend a club. Usually lurk round here to pick up tips!!