TA-DA! —a book club is born. Birmingham Literary Society met last night for the very first time- what a great start girls! I was happy as a little clam as 6:30 ‘finally’ rolled around and people began to arrive. Giddy would be a better word. What a group of women! Very diverse and eclectic.
Everyone filtered in as the conversations grew – we prepared our munchies, giggled over my cocktail napkin collection (one must have great cocktail napkins – he he he) made cocktails and poured wine (a must – ahem). I had a Dark and Stormy my new favorite cocktail. Yum. We settled into seats and began.
Author bio first then book club discussions. I shared my findings on the author Marsha Mehran and was shocked to learn she had passed away at a very tender age of 36 – alone in a small cottage in Ireland (you can’t make this stuff up – really). She had been dead a week before anyone realized she had crossed over the rainbow into Never Never Land. Strikingly beautiful from her photos – she was described as a very bright and gifted child learning many languages at a young age. She was born in Tehran and lived in many different places including S Fla and NYC. After her divorce she moved to Ireland – battled depression, declining mentally and becoming reclusive. She needed a book club bless her heart! She had a third book that remains unfinsihed. Smack.
We all agreed Pomegranate Soup was a great first book to dig into. Three sisters flee their homeland in Iran after the revolution. Scarred emotionally from their experiences, they nest in a small charming town in Ireland — outsiders they create a niche by opening an enchanting cafe filled with aromas of their homeland. I won’t give away ‘too much’ in case you haven’t read the book.
After reading my book I usually find a Little Free Library to deposit it into. Thanks again ladies for making our very first meeting a complete success. Bravo! ::::turning cartwheels:::: Our selection for next month is The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood. Woot!