"We're not the madwoman in the attic--they get lots of play, one way or another. We're the quiet woman at the end of the third-floor hallway, whose trash is always tidy, who smiles brightly in the stairwell with a cheerful greeting, and who, from behind closed doors, never makes a sound in our lives of quiet desperation. Not a soul registers that we are furious.
Our April book club will discuss The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. Read our original blog post about the book here. This story about a woman who becomes obsessed with another couple stirred a debate about whether female characters had to be likeable. Why is the narrator so angry? It takes the whole book to find out, and it’s worth the read. Was Nora a lonely and naive victim or a pathetic stalker? Was Sirena as talented and magnanimous as Nora imagined or the most selfish person on the planet? And did Skandar act as he did out of passion or cruelty? Let's talk about it.
Island Book's open book club meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm. Our staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book here in the store you'll always get a 10% discount.