September catches me by surprise every year. It’s as though one minute I’m splashing with my kids in the pool and the next I’m standing in the aisle at Target looking at a half-empty shelf of school supplies. It comes so quickly and I’m never quite ready for it. And even though it still feels like summer in my part of the country (temperatures were over one hundred degrees today) my mood shifts toward fall. I think of falling leaves and sweaters and finally being able to wear jeans again. I think of curling up on the couch with my pumpkin-spice coffee and reading. Which of course brings us to this month’s book club selection: THE MERYL STREEP MOVIE CLUB.
Like many people I grew up watching Meryl Streep. She embodies everything that is good about Hollywood and everything that is noble about storytelling. I was young (probably too young, actually) when I first saw Sophie’s Choice. And though I’ve watched Meryl in countless movies since, that is how I still see her in my mind. Beautiful and tragic and compelling. I can’t think of an actress I’d like to meet more. Thus my instant curiosity when I first heard about Mia March’s debut novel.
Mia’s publisher, Gallery Books, has kindly provided our prizes this month. The first is a tote bag filled with novels, including THE MERYL STREEP MOVIE CLUB, and a DVD of Out of Africa (Mia’s favorite Meryl Streep movie) to one person who leaves a comment on this post. (Perhaps tell us your favorite Meryl Streep Movie?) And a second tote bag filled with novels, also including THE MERYL STREEP MOVIE CLUB to one participant of our online book club. It’s free to join and there is no long term commitment. Every comment you leave on the forum will count as another entry to win. I hope to see you there as I’ll be leading the discussion again this month.
A bit more about the novel…
In the bestselling tradition of The Friday Night Knitting Club and The Jane Austen Book Club, three women find unexpected answers, happiness, and their way back to one another, with Meryl Streep movies as their inspiration.
Two sisters and the cousin they grew up with after a tragedy are summoned home to their family matriarch’s inn on the coast of Maine for a shocking announcement. Suddenly, Isabel, June, and Kat are sharing the attic bedroom—and barely speaking. But when innkeeper Lolly asks them to join her and the guests in the parlor for weekly Movie Night—it’s Meryl Streep month—they find themselves sharing secrets, talking long into the night—and questioning everything they thought they knew about life, love, and one another.
Each woman sees her complicated life reflected through the magic of cinema: Isabel’s husband is having an affair, and an old pact may keep her from what she wants most . . . June has promised her seven-year-old son that she will somehow find his father, who he’s never met . . . and Kat is ambivalent about accepting her lifelong best friend’s marriage proposal. Through everything, Lolly has always been there for them, and now Isabel, June, Kat—and Meryl—must be there for her. Finding themselves. Finding each other. Finding a happy ending.
Mia March lives with her family in a small village on the coast of Maine. THE MERYL STREEP MOVIE CLUB is her debut novel. Her next novel, FINDING COLIN FIRTH, will be published by Simon & Schuster in the summer of 2013.
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.