November is already here and now it’s just a steamroller until Christmas. It’s been really cold here lately so I’ve been trying to spend a bit more time snuggling up with a good book. What did you think of last month’s choice? It was a fluffy, scary read to get you in the mood for Halloween. This month, I’ve chosen one that you’ve probably never heard of but it’s so good, I didn’t want anyone to miss it…
Blog Book Club November
Good books are recommended by word of mouth and this one was another great recommendation from my friend and book club member Lydia. I think that when a story is well written is invokes real emotion in you. My heart went out to both females in this novel, so much so that I felt angry at times when the story wasn’t unfolding the way I wanted it to. I honestly couldn’t put it down for the simple fact that I just wanted to know what happened to Izzy and Clara. The end brought tears to my eyes and an outcome that I wouldn’t have guessed, but loved anyhow, making this book one that I wanted to recommended to you this month.
Book: What She Left Behind
Author: Ellen Marie Wiseman
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Plot: Follow the stories of two separate women: Clara Cartwright, eighteen years old in 1929 and Izzy Stone, seventeen years old in 2007. Clara is committed to an insane asylum called Willard when her father doesn’t agree with her choice of husband. Her confined journey will astound you, not only because of her strength but also because these asylums and their conditions truly did exist. Izzy is a lonely teen who discovers Clara’s trunk while archiving items from Willard with her foster parents. She becomes determined to find out what happened to Clara all while navigating her own an angst of being a teenager in a new school.
Which story line did you like better?
Were you shocked to realize how patients were treated during the 1920s and 30s?
What were the parallels between Clara and Izzy?
How do you feel mental illness is represented in our society today? How about 60 years ago?
What parts in the story invoked real emotion in you?
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Happy reading friends,