"THE PAGE TURNERS"
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
BY PENELOPE LIVELY
The story begins with the mugging of the central character Charlotte, a retired teacher in her 70’s. Charlotte suffered a broken hip in the attack and was forced to move in with her daughter Rose. This creates a domino toppling effect.
We weave among the main characters, Rose, An-ton (an immigrant who Charlotte is teaching Eng-lish), Lord Peters (who Rose works for) and his niece Marion finding the effect on each one of them emanating from the attack on Charlotte. The author concludes "So that was the story, so capri-ciously triggered because something happened on the street one day. But of course this is not the end of the story – these stories do not end but spin away from one another, each on its own course"
There was a general appreciation that the novel was well written and had a good understanding of the human condition, in particular interesting ob-servations of the elderly. The characters were in-troduced well but were stereotypical and rather dull. The ending was too tidy and a bit boring. We were promised lots of laughs on the front cover reviews but we didn’t find the novel funny.
It was very readable, perhaps as a holiday read and it scraped in with a 6
Now to the dramatic part of the evening, it was our book club’s 4th birthday. Our host Sandra sur-prised us all with a cake with 4 candles on and a glass of bubbly to toast the future of the club and wish it well. There were some moist eyes, particu-larly from the 3 original members. We all believe that the future of our group is good, we have full membership and are determined to keep our read-ing going and enjoy many more lively discussions and wonderful books.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAGE TURNERS!