January 2022

the-rain-before-it-fallsThe Rain Before It Falls was first published in 2007. It is a story tracing 3 generations of women, Beatrix, Thea and Imogen, all impacted by a lack of maternal love and how this negatively impacts their own lives.
The story is narrated by Rosamund, who is using 20 photos to record her memories on cassette and trace the family tragedy and her own involvement in the drama. In a bequest after her death, Rosamund asks her niece Gill, to share these recollections with Imogen the final woman in the generational tragedy.
The story is predominantly set in England. The timeline begins during the Second World War when Rosamund is sent to the country to live with her cousin Beatrix’s family. Here she develops a relationship with Beatrix which is starts the connection to the family drama.
The novel has several themes running through it which, at times, take the reader off on tangents from the story. The major theme is generational trauma and how this is perpetuated through the female line. Other themes of homosexuality and domestic violence also follow the story line through each generation.
The story of Rosamund’s involvement with the three women sits at the core of the story. Her own needs are the driver for her continued involvement with each of the women and how even at the end of her life she is unable to relinquish this need. Despite having moments of self-reflection about her involvement, she continues to push on believing that Imogen has a right to know her own history. Rosamund hopes these revelations will help to heal Imogen from the trauma she experienced at the hands of her own mother.
The reviews from members were mixed. On the positive side there was appreciation for the generosity in the depth of description. The reflection of a life using photos was agreed as a good idea. On the negative side, some felt the story was a bit dull and self-indulgent and the characters lacked depth. Overall, it was given a thumbs up as a good holiday read.

Ratings /5 : Di, 4; Kim, Margie, Nicola and Pauline 2.5; Janet, Jenny and Viv 3 and Dianne, 3.5

Our Book Club has moved day and location, and our next meeting will be 8/02/2022 at 6:30pm at the QWCA Mermaid Beach Centre located in 43 Ventura Rd, Mermaid Beach.

Come and join us to discuss Wild Abandon by Emily Bitto. 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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