We are up to book number 6 for the Virtual Book Club. If you’re just joining us, welcome. Feel free to read some of our past book club discussions. You can always join the conversation at any time.
Our newest selection is The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
The book is 448 pages.
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Why I Selected The Great Alone
Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale is one of the best books I’ve read in the last decade. She develops such authentic characters that at the end of the book, it’s natural to feel a bit of a loss. I’ve heard that this book is even better!
Secondly, I’m still processing the book Educated, A Memoir. I had the opportunity to meet the author, Tara Westover, at a recent book signing event. Ever since I’ve completed the book, people have been telling me of the parallels between The Great Alone and Educated.
I also love comparing books to the film, although in my opinion, the book always comes out ahead. Some of our book picks are in the process of becoming a movie: Small Great Things and Little Fires Everywhere. Sony has purchased the right to this book, as well as The Nightingale.
What is The Great Alone About?
I don’t like to know much about a book (or movie) beforehand. You’ll notice my vagueness in other book club pick descriptions.
So, here’s the synopsis, straight from the author’s website: The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.
What else can I share? It’s the story of a Vietnam veteran, suffering from its aftermath and the resulting damage he inflicts on his family. The story takes place in the Alaskan wilderness in the 1970’s.
MY PURSE STRINGS THE GREAT ALONE VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB INFO:
DATE: Wednesday, August 1
TIME: 9 PM (EST) to 10 pm (you can pop in at any time)
Please RSVP on my Facebook page in the Events section if you are attending, unable to attend, or may attend. Facebook will export the event to your calendar.
To make it easier, click below to RSVP. For our regular book clubbers, note the change in time.
Also, this month, we are trying something new. Questions will be posted first thing in the morning so you can choose to respond then, come back throughout the day, chat at the live event, or anytime in the days, weeks, or months following.
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HOW DOES MY PURSE STRINGS VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB WORK?
You’ll want to: (1) join our Virtual Book Chat Facebook Page. This is where the discussion happens and where you can always refer back to see the entire chat. (2) Join our Facebook Group where we discuss books in general and recommend our favorite books and authors. (3) Sign up for blog updates to find out the next selection first. After that, they will be announced on both the Group and Facebook page.
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The Great Alone BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION
If you couldn’t make it to the Virtual Book Club Discussion or are just finding this post now, I’ve provided a complete transcript below. Click on the blue Facebook icon in the corner to check out our discussion. Please add your own thoughts to keep the conversation going.