When you have someone like Margie directing you - and when one of your book club members is Meg Waite Clayton, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, who has written 4 books, with a 5th coming out next August - then you're bound to have some interesting facts presented to you. Here are a few:
1. It took Anthony Doerr 10 years to write this book.
2. This is his 5th book, but only his 2nd novel. 2 of the others are short story collections, and the 5th is a memoir.
3. Both Margie and Meg said it was unusual for a book of this length (530 pages) to have such short chapters.
4. Our resident experts are seeing an editorial trend for novels to go back and forth in time. The way Doerr did it bothered some of our book club members a bit.
5. The Art of Fielding (which I liked and reviewed on August 10, 2012), by Chad Harbach, took 15 years to write.
Are some of these factoids random? Sure. But that's what makes them so interesting. Us book groupies love these insider details.
So, I was really glad to be there, and have already ordered the book for the January meeting - Painted Horses, by Malcolm Brooks. See you all then.
Everybody in this group is important. But Margie is standing on the far right, and Meg is next to her.