Last night we met to discuss, "The Call" by Yannick Murphy who actually lives one town over from us here in Windsor. It was unanimous; we all really liked it. As a novel, it has a very different tempo and structure but you get used to it quite quickly. We noticed that our discussion was a bit random but the book itself is a novel of extemporaneous thought (how most of us think). Rather than being confused and totally random, Murphy wove the free-flow thoughts of her protagonist veterinary, into a heavy story of pain, anger, patience, and empathy. It was especially fun when she mentioned things that were particularly local (like the zebra).
So we are carrying on with our Vermont kick and reading, "The Double Bind" by Chris Bohjalian. He is another Vermont author and the book takes place here too.
When Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont’s back roads, her life is forever changed. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography, spending all her free time at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs that he won’t let anyone see. When Bobbie dies, Laurel discovers a deeply hidden secret–a story that leads her far from her old life, and into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her. In a tale that travels between the Roaring Twenties and the twenty-first century, between Jay Gatsby’s Long Island and rural New England, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian has written his most extraordinary novel yet.
We were also intrigued by the connections to, "The Great Gatsby" edited by our very own Maxwell Perkins. We will meet on October 25th at 7:30PM in the Maxwell Perkins library. Join the Snapdragon Literary Club on facebook for any updates. All our welcome to join in on the discussion.
Speaking of Vermont authors...Archer Mayor will be reading from his new novel at the Inn on October 12th at 4PM. This event is being hosted by the Friends of the Windsor Library. You can even buy a raffle ticket that puts you in the running to name a character from his next novel...sweet!