November 2022

Great CircleThis month’s book was Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead, an American novelist. Great Circle, shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize, is her third novel.

Spanning prohibition-era Montana, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New Zealand, wartime London and modern-day Los Angeles, Great Circle tells the story of Marian Graves, a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, culminating in her attempt to circumnavigate the globe by flying over the North and South Poles.

Great Circle is a story about a woman maneuvering her way between tradition and prejudice to succeed in the male-dominated industry of aviation. The novel explores the changing landscape of the 20th century and frequently alludes to various real-life women who broke flight records, including Amelia Earhart, whose adventures sometimes echo Marian’s.

The novel addresses the way attitudes about gender shape women’s expectations, desires and careers. The author weaves these themes into the present day by alternating the historical story of Marian with a modern-day story set in Hollywood, which focuses on Hadley, a young actress who agrees to play the role of Marian Graves in a film based on the lost aviator’s life. Her immersion into the character of Marian unfolds alongside Marian’s own story, as the two women’s fates – and their hunger for self-determination in vastly different geographies and times – collide.

Comments from the group were that they enjoyed the historical aspects of the book and appreciated the detailed research that the author undertook into the early stages of the aviation industry. Some commented that, while the author built the central characters well, there were too many characters in general distracting from the central story. Most also felt that the character of Hadley and the interwoven story set in Hollywood did not add value to the story.

Ratings: Di, Lynda 2.5; Nicola 3; Sandy, Janet, Jenny, Jo, Pauline, Lyn, Dianne 3.5

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 12/12/2022 at 6:30pm at the QCWA Mermaid Beach Centre located in 43 Ventura Rd, Mermaid Beach.

Come and join us to discuss The Magician by Colm Toibin. Hope to see you there and Happy Reading!

The 2022 Reading List can be found here.

About Us

We are a group that gets together once a month to discuss good books. Each of us gets to choose a book on a rotational basis, preferably one outside our personal comfort zone – we try to keep the trash to ourselves. After the discussion, we comment on other books we read that month. Most of the time we remain friends after the meeting.

QCWAhouse We normally meet at the QCWA Mermaid Centre at 43 Ventura Rd Mermaid Beach on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

A small contribution is required towards the rent of the room, but not if you are a first timer. The amount depends on the number of people attending.
One book title is chosen each month and we all read that book. There is a ‘host’ who introduces and co-ordinates the discussion. The role of host is rotated around the group so that each member has the opportunity to nominate their book (it could also be an author, theme or genre). The host also acts as chairperson for that meeting.
Although we are not a social club (we are readers), we occasionally attend literary events, relevant movies or plays here at the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Byron Bay. We conform to basic meeting practices and everyone has an equal opportunity to express their opinion. Everyone’s interpretation is valid, as long as it’s expressed respectfully.
We welcome any new members who share our aims and are happy to contribute to our group. Newcomers are not required to have read the book to attend the first meeting and no contribution is required from them at the first meeting attended.
Feel free to have a look at our Booklist for 2022 and Newsletters in the sidebar. If you are reading this blog in a mobile device find the menu at the bottom of the page.

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