It’s time for a new Mrs. Twist Reads This Book Club selection. For November we will be enjoying Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane. The best part – Jessica will be calling in on the evening of our book club gathering to chat with us!
An Oprah Summer Reading Pick for 2019, and named best book of 2019 by Real Simple and Southern Living magazines, it’s the story of May Attawaywho is more at home with plants than people. Over the years, she’s turned inward, finding pleasure in language, her work as a gardener, and keeping her neighbors at arm’s length while keenly observing them. But when she is unexpectedly granted some leave from her job, May is inspired to reconnect with four once close friends. She knows they will never have a proper reunion, so she goes, one-by-one, to each of them. A student of the classics, May considers her journey a female Odyssey. What might the world have had if, instead of waiting, Penelope had set out on an adventure of her own?
RULES FOR VISITING is a woman’s exploration of friendship in the digital age. Deeply alert to the nobility and the ridiculousness of ordinary people, May savors the pleasures along the way—afternoon ice cream with a long-lost friend, surprise postcards from an unexpected crush, and a moving encounter with ancient beauty. Though she gets a taste of viral online fame, May chooses to bypass her friends’ perfectly cultivated online lives to instead meet them in their messy analog ones.
Ultimately, May learns that a best friend is someone who knows your story—and she inspires us all to master the art of visiting.
We are meeting Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. for snacks and discussion. Jessica is calling in promptly at 7:15 p.m. for a 30-minute chat on her life, her book and is happy to answer our questions.
If you are local to Fort Worth, feel free to join us. Even if you aren’t local to my area, you can join our bookclub, membership is free, through Bookmovement. By signing up you will receive notifications on our upcoming meetings and the books we will be reading. Plus, you can create your personal queue of books you want to read outside of our group and find out new releases and trends in all genres of books. Friends are always welcome.
No matter where you live, we’d love to have you join our community of women spending more time reading and less time using technology. Join our movement!