IWA (International Women Associates) has members in the city and suburbs.
About 25 to 30 members meet once a month, cheerfully squeezing into members' living rooms.
We come with notes and annotated copies.
Our many volunteer leaders are adept at refereeing spirited debate. Not having read the book is unthinkable!
Frequently mentioned favorites include "Mister Pip" by Lloyd Jones, "Swimming Lessons and Other Stories From Firozsha Baag" by Rohinton Mistry, "Arthur and George" by Julian Barnes, "Home" by Marilynne Robinson and "Austerlitz" by W.G. Sebald.
There was universal enthusiasm about "Old Filth" by Jane Gardam. We all appreciated the exquisite writing, wry humor and sharp psychological insights.
"A Visit From the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan evoked a lot of criticism. The world of contemporary music, the many switches in time in the story, and the unpleasant natures of most of the characters served to disenchant many (but not all) of our members.
For next year we are considering "The Hare With Amber Eyes" by Edmund de Waal and "The Cat's Table" by Michael Ondaatje, among others.
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