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message 1: by Jessica (last edited Oct 30, 2011 04:32PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1104 comments Mod
Our November 2011 book is The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman. We are meeting in Hingham the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Feel free to discuss your thoughts on the book in this thread whether or not you can attend the in person meeting.

Here's the author's website:

And a few discussion questions from here:

1.Do you read a printed newspaper? Why or why not?

2.Which character did you empathize with the most? Why?

3.What person’s story surprised you the most? Why?

4.Did you find the structure of the novel suitable for the story? Why or why not?

AND... a more in depth discussion guide here:

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1104 comments Mod
I am going to read the book but will most likely not be able to attend the I've been invited to a baby shower for one of my good friends on the same day in central MA.

Joanie | 491 comments Mod
How was book club? I have the book from the library but am currently torturing myself with The Kid so I haven't started yet.

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1104 comments Mod
I couldn't make it to the meeting either. But Nancy told me it was the usual suspects and that it was decided that our next meeting will be back at Barnes & Noble.

Nancy (nancy_m) | 39 comments We talked about the intertwining of the individual stories and how the structure is similar to A Visit from the Goon Squad, how there was a sadness in each of the stories and the story of the Ott family newspaper told between the chapters.

Then we went off in a dozen different tangents and had brunch.

We definitely missed both of you!

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1104 comments Mod
The chapter about Hardy and her "stand up comedian" guy...oof. It was almost like screaming at a soap opera or an episode of Beverly Hills 9021. "What are you doing with that guy??? Why??? Run away!!"

Joanie | 491 comments Mod
I'm having the same feeling now reading about Winston (is that it?) And what's his face who's sponging off him. Maddening!

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