Every Tues. on Twitter
@ 11pm ET/10pm CT
The Little Stranger discussion
starts March 23rd
I started a weekly book chat on Twitter back in the fall. Initially, we chatted about general book topics like favorite books in a specific genre, favorite authors, etc. At the first of the year, we decided to take it in a new direction and start discussing a particular book. Our first book was Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie. This Tuesday, March 23rd, we will be starting our discussion of The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. We will be reading and discussing two chapters per week so Tuesday will be chapters 1 & 2. The Little Stranger has received many accolades in the book world including:
Booker Prize Shortlist (2009)
Publishers Weekly's Best Books: 2009 (Fiction)
New York Times Notable Book of the Year (Fiction & Poetry, 2009)
Salon Book Award (Fiction, 2009)(show all 7 items)
Black Quill Award Nominee (2009.06/Dark Genre Novel of the Year, 2009)
Orange Prize Longlist (2010)
From the multi-award-winning and bestselling author of The Night Watch and Fingersmith comes an astonishing novel about love, loss, and the sometimes unbearable weight of the past.
In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to see a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the once grand house is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its garden choked with weeds. All around, the world is changing, and the family is struggling to adjust to a society with new values and rules.
Roddie Ayres, who returned from World War II physically and emotionally wounded, is desperate to keep the house and what remains of the estate together for the sake of his mother and his sister, Caroline. Mrs. Ayres is doing her best to hold on to the gracious habits of a gentler era and Caroline seems cheerfully prepared to continue doing the work a team of servants once handled, even if it means having little chance for a life of her own beyond Hundreds.
But as Dr. Faraday becomes increasingly entwined in the Ayreses' lives, signs of a more disturbing nature start to emerge, both within the family and in Hundreds Hall itself. And Faraday begins to wonder if they are all threatened by something more sinister than a dying way of life, something that could subsume them completely.
Both a nuanced evocation of 1940s England and the most chill-inducing novel of psychological suspense in years, The Little Stranger confirms Sarah Waters as one of the finest and most exciting novelists writing today. (from Fantastic Fiction)
If you would like to join us in reading and discussing The Little Stranger, we meet on Twitter at 11pm ET (10pm CT) every Tuesday. Hashtag to follow is #TuesBookTalk. There is also a Twitter page to follow @TuesBookTalk. My Twitter handle is @truebookaddict if you have any questions or comments.
I hope you will join us!