Sunday, 27 October 2013

Book Group - May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Holmes

September saw the majority of us recovering from the Fringe and our latest book - May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Holmes, winner of the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction (we have decided our September book will always be the winner of this prize). We started this 2012 with Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

There was eight of us, probably our largest number ever and we were meeting at Under the Stairs, which was probably a bit rowdy for a discussion to be heard. We are still in search of that perfect venue.

We found two discussion guides:
As they were pretty chunky we tended to pick and choose questions rather than be methodical but, it was good to have a discussion guide for a change.

We spent time focussing on the element of trust in the book, who could you trust? Could you trust the narrator? Was their interpretation of events accurate?

Most of us had found the book pretty hard going, but one member, from the States had loved every single second! She views it as a parody of the United States confederacy and very similar to a modern day american sitcom - she made us sit back and think of it and made a lot of us realise that we might have read the book with the wrong attitude / views from the beginning.

I'm definitely going to give it a go again, perhaps in the Christmas holidays to see if my views are changed.

Next book is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (chosen purely because it was the only book on the Booker short list that we was paperback and therefore reasonable in price!).

1 comment:

  1. Hi Hope you don't mind my leaving this comment here. I write a blog based on the Orange Prize for Fiction but now known as The Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction. I have secured a Question and Answer session with the Scottish writer Denise Mina who is judging the 2014 Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction. The Q & A is now posted on my blog.