March Meeting

For our meeting on Wed 7 March, we read Girl Reading by Katie Ward.

Jacket Synopsis:
An orphan poses nervously for a Renaissance maestro in medieval Siena, and an artist’s servant girl in seventeenth-century Amsterdam snatches a moment away from her work to lose herself in tales of knights and battles. In a Victorian photography studio, a woman holds a book that she barely acknowledges which she waits for the exposure, and in a Shoreditch bar in 2008 a woman reading catches the eye of a young man who takes her picture.

Our Rating: ★★★¾☆ 

One Response to “March Meeting”

  • Gwen:

    We gave Girl Reading 3¾ stars, many members voting 4 stars. We were very impressed by this debut novel – really a collection of short stories that are cleverly connected by the image of a girl reading. The stories span from the 14th century to the future of 2060. The characters in each story were very well developed and as a result memorable, which surprised those in the club who were skeptical about a short story format. However, one member commented that although she found the short story format difficult to engage with, she was surprised how much discussion the book provoked. Favourite stories were ‘Simone Martini’, ‘Featherstone of Piccadilly’, and ‘Immaterialism’. The group were uncomfortable with the idea of ‘the mesh’ and ‘Sibil’ presented in the final story. Are we destined to digitalise our heritage to the point where we no longer need to experience, or indeed have access to, the originals? One member warned, “we better get to the art galleries while we can…”

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