As we kick off this month’s book club selection, we asked the author, Mia March, to stop in and share a little about her inspiration for the novel. We’ll begin discussing the book this weekend with our online book club and would love for you to join us. And if you haven’t entered this month’s giveaway there’s still plenty of time.
I’m so thrilled that the wonderful folks at SheReads chose THE MERYL STREEP MOVIE CLUB for their September selection!
THE MERYL STREEP MOVIE CLUB began as a three-fold tribute: to my family, to starting over, and to our national treasure of an actress, Meryl Streep. I’ve been a huge fan of Meryl Streep, of her astonishing range and talent, since I was sixteen and saw Sophie’s Choice in the theater, and really, I could a create a timeline of my life that relates back to a Meryl Streep movie. For instance, the great guy to whom I dedicated the novel was someone I began dating in 1994. In 1995, he actually sat through The Bridges of Madison County twice with me in the theater because I loved it so much, and by 1996, he was gone from a brain aneurysm. Then there was a rocky Thanksgiving with my mother and grandmother, who weren’t getting along until we sat down to watch a Meryl Streep movie—again The Bridges of Madison County—and the discussion afterward had us opening up and really talking. And several years ago, while going through my divorce, I remember laughing for the first time in months while watching Defending Your Life and Heartburn. So many major moments, from the painful to the joyful, that stand out over the past few decades, I can relate back to the Meryl Streep movie I saw at that time. My novel, about a fractured family of women who reunite an old family inn in Maine and find themselves reconnecting through Movie Night in the parlor, is a tribute to that.
I’m honored to spend September sharing THE MERYL STREEP MOVIE CLUB with you. If you have a chance to read the book, I hope you enjoy it.
About Ariel Lawhon
Ariel Lawhon is the co-founder of She Reads, novelist, blogger, storyteller, and life-long reader. She lives in Texas with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.