Today I did something with a book that I read for my book club that I have never done in more than 4 years of reading for it. I put the book in the give-away bag!
I posted our reading list earlier this year, so most of you know what we're set to read. This month's book was Moo, by Jane Smiley. I gave you a few brief thoughts about my take on the book before I went to book club.
Well, the meeting was interesting. We all agreed that the book could be very funny. But in the end, there just wasn't any "there" there. Nothing that would ever make even one of us pick up the book again to read. Nothing of substance. Nothing to take home and think about. Nothing that wasn't tied up in snarkiness and smartypants-ness.
I have purchased, rather than borrowing from the library, every book we have read in club. It's been a great way to add to my library! And, I suppose, it's not a bad track record to toss one book out of so many.
But still....it made me sad. So many of the other books have been such joy. What a downer this one was.
I know Smiley has won the Pulitzer Prize--for A Thousand Acres, I think. Does anyone have an opinion about the rest of her work? Or should I just write her off altogether?