Second Saturday Book Group “Oh William!” Elizabeth Strout

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Date(s) - 02/11/2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm




2022-2023 Theme – UUA’s 4th Principle:

A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning!

Selection:   Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023           Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Meeting Place: The Sanctuary—in person!

First published: 2021           Number of Pages:  256

Leader: Dorie Maxwell or 561-301-4204.

Many of us in our congregation are searching for ways to age well.  Some of us are needing to do that a little faster than others. And Elizabeth Strout, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge, is a contemporary master with insights into aging.  In her most recent novel Oh William!, she continues to disclose guidelines for our search.

On the first page of Oh William! our narrator tells us, “I would like to say a few things about my first husband, William.”  This voice is Lucy Barton. (Probably quite a few of us may join Lucy in having an ex-spouse we could say a few things about!). Lucy Barton is a writer, but her ex-husband, William, remains a hard man to read.  “William,” she confesses, “has always been a mystery to me.”  Another mystery is why the two have remained connected after all these years. They just are.

So Lucy is both surprised and not surprised when William asks her to join him on a trip to investigate a recently uncovered family secret—one of those secrets that rearrange everything we think we know about the people closest to us. What happens next is nothing less than another example of what Hilary Mantel has called Elizabeth Strout’s “perfect attunement to the human condition.”

As always, members and friends are welcome to join our discussion on Saturday, Feb. 11— whether you’ve finished the book or not.   And after our discussion, anyone is welcome to join us at Brio’s Italian Grill in the Gardens Mall for lunch and fellowship.

Want to plan ahead for March?   On March 11—the next second Saturday—Steve Pock will be leading us in discussing The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid, author of  Exit West.