Next Book Group: The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark & Reconstruction by Ara Lucia Ashburne

januaryBook Group will meet on Thursday, January 8, at 7:30 a.m., to discuss The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark, and Friday, January 9, at noon, to discuss Reconstruction: First a Body, Then a Life by Ara Lucia Ashburne.

The Girls of Slender Means is a novella written in 1963 that takes place in London between VE Day and VJ Day in 1945 and concerns the lives of the residents of ‘The May of Teck Club,’ established “for the Pecuniary Convenience and Social Protection of Ladies of Slender Means below the age of Thirty Years, who are obliged to reside apart from their Families in order to follow an Occupation in London.”  Anthony Burgess included the novella in his 1984 book Ninety-Nine Novels: The Best in English since 1939. Discussion questions are available from The Twentieth Century Novel.

Reconstruction: First a Body, Then a Life is the debut book from Ara Lucia Ashburne. This just-released memoir describes Ashburne’s experience with a debilitating illness and decade-long recovery. In a medically induced coma, she is trapped between life and death, drifting between torment in a hyperreal dream world and awareness of the events happening around her. The book is available through Amazon.

Boston Children’s Hospital personnel are encouraged to join us in the AV Room in the Library on Thursday, January 8, at 7:30 a.m., or Friday, January 9, at noon, to participate in discussion about these books. If you would like to be added to our Book Group email distribution list, please contact Alison Clapp or Jessica LaBrie.

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