“The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd at Jeanne’s

What a great night to start this book club season. Glorious night on Jeanne’s new deck watching the lights of the city twinkling below and feasting on the bounty of Jeanne’s garden.

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The following is a very apt and eloquent description of the evening from Karen:

So how did Bookclub go”, asked Craig as soon as I came home last night.

“Well,” I said. “We started off with a glass of Prosecco, and sampled cheese, olives, along with Jeanne’s home made sun-dried tomatoes. Everyone was happy to get back together, so the conversation and red wine flowed freely. From there we moved onto Jeanne’s new outdoor deck, lit with candles, to sit down and enjoy a fabulous meal, with vegetables freshly picked from her garden.”

“What about the book?”, he inquired.

“Wait, I am getting to that…” “Did I mention the view”? It was incredible, overlooking Burlington, Brampton and the lake… and the stars were out too, then we had a delicious pear dessert…”

“…and the book”?

“Oh yes, we finished our meal and dove into the story. It was an historical novel based in the 1800s and takes place on a plantation in Charleston. The story focuses on the lives of two women, one white, privileged and the other, her female slave. Both were trapped in a life not of their choosing. The evening’s conversation touched on the abolitionist struggle, the women’s rights movement and how not that much has changed today. Each person had insightful contributions to make. We could have talked longer but we all had to get home.”

“So all in all, it was just like one of my manly poker nights?”

“Yes, I guess so, minus the good food and scintillating conversation!”

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