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Hi Every one,

So lovely to see you all on Monday. For those of you who couldn't make it or who need a quick recap on what we discussed at the book group meeting here are so brief notes.

The novel begins in a remote part of eastern Norway with an elderly widower. Trond Sander moves into a sparse house hoping to spend time in quiet reflection, something that he has always yearned for. A brief encounter with his neighbor causes Trond to contemplate the summer of 1948. Trond's thoughts focus on one afternoon when he and a friend depart on an adventure which ends traumatically and scars him emotionally for the rest of his life.

Petterson's writing style is amazingly still and his sentences though long are full of quiet emotion. The group liked his writing style and compared it to that of Cooper who also was fond of using long sentences. Petterson created a mental and physical description of the landscape without resorting to exhaustive passages of scenery which was very refreshing. The juxtaposition between the childhood reflection and the current day was enjoyable and kept up the pace of the story. However some of the readers found this back and forth style a little confusing. The novel shows a realistic process of how someone deals with loss during different phases of life.

Over all we decided that though the book was interesting and well written it would probably not be well remembered because of its quiet still nature.

We have chosen to read Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz for Junes book club and I look forward to hearing what you all have to say. We will be meeting at 7pm on Monday the 7th of June.

Ellie Rock

P.s The Friend of Hopewell Library are organizing an author event with a book signing and reading by Jean Hanff Korelitz on June 13 from 4:30-6:30. Tickets are $40 and all proceeds will be for the benefit of Hopewell Public Library. Tickets are avaliable from www.friendsofhopewelllibrary.com or from the Library. We thank you for your support.


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