It was another great night for my neighborhood book club. It was a bit chilly, but we sat on my patio with heater going and had a great time talking, laughing, and discussing Family Pictures. It was relaxing and, as usual, a lot of fun.
We all enjoyed Family Pictures. Many of us thought the embezzlement and fraud was a throwaway and not really needed for the story. We also felt bad for Maggie and Sylvie, but for different reasons. Family Pictures also brought up a few discussions about Facebook, privacy, and how to carry on after an unexpected disruption to your life. (Yes, I’m being vague there so as not to spoil the book.) It also had us discussing eating disorders and how to spot them and what to do.
Family Pictures is a great book club pick. There are a lot of issues that can be discussed, and everyone will have different opinions about the characters and their reactions. It was a wonderful pick!
written by Jane Green
published by St. Martin’s Press, 2013
Check out Chrissy’s 3.5-star review here.
About the book – from Goodreads: NY Times bestseller Jane Green delivers a riveting novel about two women whose lives intersect when a shocking secret is revealed.
From the author of Another Piece of My Heart comes the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They’re both in their forties and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected. But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart. As dark truths from the past reveal themselves, will these two women be able to learn to forgive, for the sake of their children, if not for themselves?