But fear not. All this means is that Carrie and I love to read. And we like each other and live really close. So we decided to pick a book once a month to read together and chat about. Over margaritas, obviously.
But the book lovin’ doesn’t end with our escaping our families over baskets of corn chips. We want to share this book club with you!
Each month we will announce our next book, invite you to read it with us, and then chat about it on the first Friday. Please leave any questions or thoughts about the book below or on social media–we want to hear from you!
For our first meeting, we read The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello, and as a very special treat, we got to FaceTime with her at our meeting to chat about the book!
Eva was a delight who patiently tolerated all of our endless questions about her writing process and the book itself. She didn’t even once roll her eyes or ask us to please shut up. So, of course, we now have girl crushes on her.
As for the book…
The Memory Box is a “gripping domestic thriller” about privileged suburbian motherhood gone wrong…very wrong. Read the full description of the book here.
Carrie and I were both taken by how relatable some elements of Caroline’s life were…what parts of this motherhood world are craziest to you? Could you see yourself in any of the book’s characters?
Yet, we were blown away by the ending (agreeing that it was this twist that made the book unforgettable). What do you think of Caroline’s choices? Do you ever shock yourself with the lengths you go to in pursuit of maintaining your chosen lifestyle?
We were baffled by how clueless her husband remained throughout the story. But yet, how easy is it to keep secrets from a spouse? How many couples do lead lives secret from their partners?
As for Eva herself…
Eva awed and encouraged us as we learned that she wrote the entire book in the years of having young kids. She talked about never leaving the house without a black and white composition book so she could take advantage of any spare moments to write. Yes, she wrote her novel old-school, by hand.
Aside from her refusal to let the busyness of life prevent her from writing, Eva discussed the importance of believing in your own work, despite any rejection that you might meet along the way. She spoke of how her writing gave her a purpose in the years she could have become lost after leaving the coorporate world and redefining herself. I can’t say how inspiring this was for both Carrie and me.
It was also fun to hear that after Eva read Gone Girl, she was motivated to push the The Memory Box into publication (she had written it years before). Similar elements, specifically of the primary character being both the protagonist and antagonist are evident in both books, and it’s exciting to see this specific genre of thriller novels take flight.
Because Eva is cool…
She is going to send one of you a The Memory Box prize pack! Enter the Rafflecopter below for chances to win a beautiful keepsake box filled with “goodies” (I have heard rumors of Snowballs being included…!). As long as you are 18 or older and live in the continental U.S., you are eligible to win.
And then, after you enter to win this gift from Eva and share your thoughts about The Memory Box with us, snatch up next month’s pick, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, and read along with us!
As the book is described on Strayed’s website, “At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”
We can’t wait to chat up this book with you in November! And yes, the movie with Reese Witherspoon is coming out in December (12/5/2014), so get a jump on this latest book-to-movie now! Maybe even go crazy a plan a Girls Night Out with some friends to catch the movie when it hits theaters??
And always, always–happy reading, friends!
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