BRC Book Group Discussion, Wednesday, July 17
The next Book Group gathering will be on Wednesday, July 17, from 7:00‑9:00PM. SanDee Olson‑Meyer is once again hosting us on her deck, overlooking the Bellevue skyline, and is providing her usual good food, so come early (6:15‑6:30) to enjoy it!
The book selection for July is “Everyone Brave Is Forgiven,” by Chris Cleave. This “summer read” fiction book was recommended by Bill and Margaret Ptacek, and its selection was the vote of a clear majority of regular book group participants. Should be a great discussion, led by our primo facilitator, Judd Lees!
If you (and partner) plan on attending, please contact Margaret Doman/Sandee Olson‑Meyer ASAP.
If you have an EVEN numbered birth year, please bring a bottle of wine to share.
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The instant New York Times bestseller from Chris Cleave — the unforgettable novel about three lives entangled during World War II, told “with dazzling prose, sharp English wit, and compassion … a powerful portrait of war’s effects on those who fight and those left behind” (People, Book of the Week).
London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war — until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is — bewilderingly — made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary.
And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams.
Set in London during the years of 1939-1942, when citizens had slim hope of survival, much less victory; and on the strategic island of Malta, which was daily devastated by the Axis barrage, Everyone Brave is Forgiven features little-known history and a perfect wartime love story inspired by the real‑life love letters between Chris Cleave’s grandparents. This dazzling novel dares us to understand that, against the great theater of world events, it is the intimate losses, the small battles, the daily human triumphs that change us most.