Earlier this week book club met to discuss Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. Carley and I hosted and we struggled with the decision of what to make. AIDS just doesn’t really lend itself to a food theme. Instead we decided to go with brunch for dinner because brunch is a New York thing and the book takes place in New York. It’s a bit of a stretch, but it worked. We had an egg strata, a make-your-own yogurt parfait, and pumpkin muffins. Then we finished with cookies with red sprinkles for AIDS awareness.
In addition to eating, we actually talked about the book. Slightly more people seemed to have read so there was a reason to discuss. Even people who didn’t read wanted to discuss (for better or worse). Many of our questions revolved around June’s relationship with her uncle. Her unusual love made us uncomfortable and we thought detracted from the book. But it was a minor quibble considering overall most of us seemed to like the novel. It was interesting to think about the issues from the perspective of the 1980s, which is when it took place, and how things might be different today. We also talked about how the book seemed like it would be a lot about AIDS, but the disease was really only one facet and other issues like jealousy and identity played even bigger roles.
All in all, this book club was a good one. There was book talk and fun talk and cookies.