June 2016-The Crimson Portrait by Jody Shields

carabbleInteresting discussions about a very unusual book!  Thanks for hosting Debbie!  I had an exhausting journey to actually get to Debbie’s house (I’m completely lying — she lives two houses over — I’m setting the mood here he he).  We all filtered in – grabbing munchies and a glass of vino – finding a chair and then author bio and then discussion.

Jodi Shields bio: Jody Shields is the former design editor of the New York Times Magazine and a former editor at Vogue, House and Garden, and Details. She is the author of two nonfiction fashion books, All That Glitters and A Stylish History. She has written several screenplays and has a master’s degree in art. Her prints are in various collections, including the Museum of Modern Art. She lives in New York.

The Crimson Portrait  begins in the Sprig of 1915.  The Great War is roaring upon them.   There are many main characters it feels in this book.  Each dealing with their own ugly side of the war with death, scars of war, emotions and yes even romance.   I asked the group if they could imagine- war is upon us – and your home is being stripped of personality and familiar things — to house casualties from a war.  You are a ghost of sorts in your own home.  Hard to imagine.    Discussions how we felt about the book — too gory? Some said yes — although thinking she needed to show the ugliness of war — real and up close.

For book club questions go <here>.  

Really enjoyed our discussions — great to see everyone who could attend.  Our next book is  A Little Life – by Hanya Yanagihara – I just received my copy — really like it thus far. Terry is hosting July – and Leslie in August —

Our book club rocks!

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