We had a small but lovely meeting last night at Cyndi’s house. Cyndi chose a Mexican theme for us and the food was delicious. There were 6 of us in attendance - the smallest group in quite some time - but discussion was not lacking, that's for sure.
Some things we talked about were:
- Creating a family vs. being born into one
- Taylor’s growth from simple independence to more mature relationships
- LuAnn’s drastic – and welcome – changes throughout the novel
- Kingsolver’s amazing grasp of language – the believability of the characters, the way we all felt like we were actually THERE when she described the settings (esp. the desert during the rain)
Two of the girls listened to the audio version and said it was very well done. Their only complaint was that Taylor's voice came across as being older than she actually was.
The six of us in attendance agreed that Kingsolver’s writing was strong but that the story wasn’t as in depth or as gripping as The Poisonwood Bible.
I’m still waiting on more ratings but here is what we have so far:
- 5 x 1
- 6 x 4
- 7 x 1
- 8 x 1
So not a bad book by any means, but I think we all were expecting more after our wonderful experience with The Poisonwood Bible.
At the end of the meeting we voting on our books for the next three months. I'll be posting those later today so be sure to check back.