Typical Book Group got together to talk about The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan. There were 7 of us there, but for me it was a pretty short night since I had to get home to help my kids study for some tests. Our host, Lynne, had seen one of the bronze sculptures of Marie at an exhibit many years ago. We even had a miniature Marie as a centerpiece. This was surely one of the reasons why Lynne picked the book. However, none of us was wildly excited about the story. We all liked it, but it just didn't seem like there was much to talk about.
Right now, GoodReads is asking readers to vote for the best books of 2013, and The Painted Girls is still in the running for Historical Fiction. Truth be told, I even voted for it, since it is the only one of the eight finalists that I have read. I guess that I'm a little surprised that it has made it so far when our opinion was so unenthusiastic. Perhaps we aren't that typical after all.
Next month we'll read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Everyone who I know who has read this one has loved it, so I'm looking forward to reading it.
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