Sanbornton Public Library’s Book Group will next meet on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at either 4pm or 7pm (time to be decided) here at the library. The next selection will be One True Thing by Anna Quindlen.
From Publisher’s Weekly:
Quindlen again examines delicate family dynamics with this resonating tale of a matriarch’s illness and the tempest of emotion that swirls around her deterioration and death. Manhattan psychiatrist Ellen Gulden recalls the dark time nearly a decade ago when she was accused of administering a fatal dosage of morphine to her mother, who was suffering with terminal cancer. Back then, intelligent, overachieving Ellen was forced by her domineering father to abandon a promising magazine career and assume the role of companion and caretaker at her family’s suburban home. While tending her failing mother, Ellen discovered some harsh truths about herself, her parents and the relationships they had developed over the years. Following Kate Gulden’s autopsy, circumstantial evidence-as far-reaching as a high-school essay she wrote championing euthanasia-accumulated against Ellen, and she was arrested. Now cleared of charges and estranged from her father, Ellen speculates on what really happened during the final hours of Kate’s life. Quindlen’s talent for weaving a believable reality from her characters’ complex sentiments shines here, and her portraits are full-bodied and carefully drawn.
One True Thing was made into a feature film in 1998, for which Meryl Streep received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
The library will be ordering multiple copies of this book. If you would like a particular format, such as an audio-book or large-print, let us know and we can accommodate your request. No prior experience with the book group is needed, and newcomers are always welcome. All that is needed is a desire to read a thought-provoking book and share in an enriching discussion with fellow readers!