Saturday, March 20, 2010

Have you heard about TuesBookTalk on Twitter?

TuesBookTalk
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 Longlist (2009)
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)
 
Novel synopsis:
 
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!
 

7 comments:

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  1. So I was at Half Price bookstore today and I found Fingersmith and The Little Stranger there. Which to get, which to get? I had promised myself I would only buy one book (by the way that is soooo hard when the books are cheap!). In the end, I came away with this one. Then I open my Google reader and see this post. So excited. Now I just have to remember that I need to get on Twitter on Tuesdays!

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  2. I look forward to this discussion. I think I'm the only one that didn't love this book!

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  3. I'm still waiting on my book but I'll be there.

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  4. Lisa--Yay! I'm so excited to have you join us. What a coincidence that you decided to buy that book!

    Deb--I hope you will join us and give us your perspective. =O)

    Ryan--I hope you get your book soon!

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  5. I need to get my hands on this book! I think it looks fantastic! I would love to have joined you if I would have had the book read.

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  6. Hi Michelle! I love the way you have this post up. It looks great!

    I have bad news though, I am going to have to pass on this book and discussion. I sat down with my husband to talk over some things, with the change of weather upon us. With a few things we have going here and the cleaning up to do from the ugly winter we had, it is looking as my reading time may get cut back some. :( I am sorry. I am hoping to get through the next month or two and be back full reading time.

    You all are going to have to let me know how the book is. I hope you all enjoy it. Let me know what the next book is too.

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  7. Sheila--you are welcome to join us. We are reading two chapters at a time weekly, if you think you could get the book (at the library maybe) and join us on Tuesday, we would love to have you!

    Mel--Oh darn! We sure will miss you. But I completely understand. I'm thinking about getting some spring cleaning, etc. done around here myself. I'll let you know when I pick our next book!

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