My book club met last night
to discuss Kathryn Magendie's novel
It's a novel about the events and people
that shape our lives,
that touch us
for good or ill.
Virginia Kate, the book's central character,
is born in the mountains of West Virginia
to two parents who fell into an unlikely love
and tumultuous relationship,
neither having the capacity to adequately parent
their daughter or her brothers.
Pushed and pulled between battling parents,
forced to endure trauma children should be spared,
Virginia Kate is a survivor
who has to deal with the hurts of the past,
the lure of connection,
and the difficult task of forgiveness.
And for those of us who loved Virginia Kate,
Kathryn has written a sequel.
It's coming out soon and will be called
Here's the trailer.
I would have posted a photo of my book club,
but I couldn't find one where everyone looked great.
If you have a book club,
Tender Graces makes a great read.
Everyone really liked the book
and it engendered great discussion
about parenting, step-parents, bonding,
the capacity of some people to endure terrible childhoods
and emerge strong and functional.
Tomorrow I'll post some of the interview I did
with Kathryn (Kat) about the writing of the book.