The June meeting of the Jane Austen Book Club was great fun as we discussed the varied world of "fan-fiction", published and non-published. Thousands of books have been written about the characters first introduced by Jane - some wonderful, some not so great. Our three graduating Seniors were congratulated and each presented with a Jane Austen Action Figure to take off to college with them. Strawberries and cream, chicken salad on mini-croissants, scones with lemon curd, and a lovely Fontina cheese tempted our palates along with several pots of tea.
From Publisher’s Weekly: “Five friends live through three decades of marriages, child raising, neighborhood parties, bad husbands and good brownies-and Landvik... doesn't miss a single cliché as she chronicles their lives in this pleasant but wholly familiar novel of female bonding.
I love to discover a new mystery author with a compelling central character that grows and develops over a series of books. My latest favorite is Chris Knopf, author of The Last Refuge, Two Time, and Head Wounds. The settings is the Hamptons on Long Island where Sam Acquillo, ex-engineer, ex-corporate division head, ex-boxer has retreated to live in his dead parents ramshackle cottage in Southampton's North Sea neighborhood. Existential despair is Sam's prevailing mood, until he gets hooked up with a beautiful, married banker, a pot-