May 2022

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The Lincoln Highway is the third novel written by Amor Towles and was published in October 2021.
The story begins in June, 1954, when eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm in Kansas, where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett’s intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm had hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden’s car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett’s future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction—to the City of New York.
On that journey, they encounter a memorable set of characters, including the Great Ulysses in search of his wife and child, the villainous Pastor John, Wooley’s sister, Sarah, and are joined by the remarkable Sally from Nebraska. And all this in just 10 days!
Our discussion group all agreed that Towles is a vibrant storyteller and accomplished writer. Most were drawn into the book and despite preconceived ideas of what the title might offer, found it to be a most enjoyable read and were particularly impressed at how well the characters were developed. Towles use of multiple narrators providing different points of view and recollections of the same incidents was sometimes tedious but invariably provided yet another twist in the storyline. The use of ancient myths, legends, heroes and parables, introduced a multilayered effect, bringing to life the many aspects explored in the book, including brothers, love, friendship, the spirit of adventure, misfits that a world struggles to accommodate, and the heartbreak of tragedy.
The following link to Amor Towles website Q and A page provides lots of interesting information on The Lincoln Highway including the recipe for Fettucine Mio Amore

The Lincoln Highway: Q and A

Ratings: Janet 3.5, Dianne 3.5, Pauline 4, Jen 4, Di 4, Nicola 4, Cheryl 4, Jenny 4, Lynda 4, Sandy 3, Viv 3.5

Our Book Club has moved day and location, and our next meeting will be Tuesday 13/06/2022 at 6:30pm at the QCWA Mermaid Beach Centre located in 43 Ventura Rd, Mermaid Beach.

Come and join us to discuss  The Good People by Hannah Kent. 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 at the bottom of the page.

CONTACT DETAILS

Please contact us for info on meetings that fall on Public Holidays.
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