After I graduated from law school in 2008 I very quickly got married (the next day) and moved to Boston. I had previously lived in Boston before law school so I still had a couple friends but since Boston is such a transitional town many of them had left. One good friend remained and she invited me to join her book club. I was very excited to be part of it and I always look forward to our meetings. When I joined none of the members had children. Now I think every member has at least one child and the founder is goingon #3! Many times the discussion has focused on being mothers (we are all women) and not the book but it is still a great chance to try books that I wouldn't normally pick up or would have trouble finishing. The book club is a small motivator to complete a book even if I'm not loving it. On my own I have no problem just giving up on a book if I'm not feeling it.
Our latest pick was Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta. Tom Perrotta is known for Little Children, Election and The Leftovers. I have not read Election but I enjoyed the other two so I was pretty sure I would like his newest novel.
Mrs. Fletcher is about a recent empty nester who is trying to figure out what to do next. The book also focuses on her son and his new college experience as well as a coworker of Mrs. Fletcher. Mrs. Fletcher becomes a little obsessed with porn and the son goes through some unfortunate sexual experiences. These morally-fraught situations for all of the characters were intriguing, however, I am not always a fan of men writing about a woman's sexual awakening, especially when it is through porn.
I would recommend this book for a quick, lighter read. I'm not sure it's up to being made into a movie like the rest of his books but we'll see, the world may be ready for a middle aged porn obsessed main character.
Next up is a book that a colleague lent me called Idaho by Emily Ruskovich. I'm looking forward to it.