My habit of posting about the books that my book club is reading has fallen by the wayside in months of late. And I have several books clubs! So that is many books that I need to catch up on. Is anyone in a book clubs and in just one book club?
Anyway, Amaryllis in Blueberry by Christina Meldrum is the pick for my Skype book club the first weekend in May. I haven’t read anything by Christina Meldrum before, but I think I remember that my friend Natasha really liked her young adult offering Madapple. Based on that, I am hoping for a good read.
Meet the Slepys: Dick, the stern doctor, the naive husband, a man devoted to both facts and faith; Seena, the storyteller, the restless wife, a mother of four, a lover of myth. And their children, the Marys: Mary Grace, the devastating beauty; Mary Tessa, the insistent inquisitor; Mary Catherine, the saintly, lost soul; and finally, Amaryllis, Seena’s unspoken favorite, born with the mystifying ability to sense the future, touch the past and distinguish the truth tellers from the most convincing liar of all.
When Dick insists his family move from Michigan to the unfamiliar world of Africa for missionary work, he can’t possibly foresee how this new land and its people will entrance and change his daughters—and himself—forever.
Nor can he predict how Africa will spur his wife Seena toward an old but unforgotten obsession. In fact, Seena may be falling into a trance of her own.
Dick is dead.
Wow. Talk about getting right to the point. What immediately caught my interest is that Dick is forcing his family into something they don’t want to do, and in a foreign country, and into (what is in my mind questionable) being missionaries. Naturally there is lots of background that will be uncovered once I begin to read the book, but I would say that Dick didn’t put himself in the best of circumstances, and I think that what those circumstances lead to, will likely make for a very good book club discussion.
Several blogging friends have weighed in on Amaryllis and they all had love for this book ranging from soulful and beautiful writing, complex themes and flawed nut realistic characters confronting their own fallibility. for more information before I check in with my thoughts, please look to : Booking Mama – Devourer of Books – My Friend Amy – Bookworm With A View & Bermudaonion. And if books trailer are your thing, this book has one that nicely gives some hints as to the story you can expect without giving away too much else. It’s really nicely done in the way that it piques interest. It has me looking forward to sitting down and reading.