This past month I enjoyed facilitating The Photograph by Penelope Lively.
This wonderful British author uses a light brush to paint a story of story conflicting perspectives about a found photograph that redefines all the characters’ histories.
Best known for the Man Booker Winner Moon Tiger, Lively weaves in history, architecture, gardening, marriage and separation, friendship and family, loyalty and distrust all in a slim novel the presents the reader with deep questions. Are we obligated to be 100% truthful? Is adultery a marriage deal breaker? When does friendship trump trust?
Although a small novel, The Photograph sparks great ethical discussions and therefore perfectly
suited for a book club selection. And, if you fall for Lively like I did, then you’ll be pleased to know our library has many of her titles tucked in the shelves for us to explore!
Let me know your thoughts about The Photograph.
Here’s how the book club works:
The Jacksonville Public Library and WJCT teamed up to create First Coast Connect Book Club for library and literature lovers. WJCT’s First Coast Connect book blogger Stacey Goldring discusses engaging books and invites you to join in the conversation, discuss your opinions, and add ideas to the literary discussion.
Each month a specific book or a selection of books will be chosen to be discussed. Check out the book(s) at any Jacksonville Public Library, or purchase the books at The Book Nook or Chamblin’s. Mention you’re with the First Coast Connect Book Club and get a discount.
After you’ve read the book, or books from the suggested book list, or pondered the topic of the week, tell us what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org. Share any questions, emotions, memories or ideas that you have about the book. Stacey and host Melissa Ross will discuss the books and share your comments on First Coast Connect or tune in at 9 a.m. on Dec. 15 to 89.9 FM WJCT’s First Coast Connect and call 549-2937.
First Coast Connect airs every weekday at 9 a.m. on 89.9 WJCT-FM.