Book Group: Fiction and Films

March Selection: Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace

Mrs Robinson's Disgrace book coverThis month, the Fiction Lover's Book Club is reading Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace by Kate Summerscale, for discussion at our March meeting.  Subtitled "The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady," the book tells the true story of an intimate diary and a scandalous trial that rocked Victorian England, when Isabella Robinson's husband sued her for divorce in open court, using her most private thoughts, recollections and fantasies as expressed in her journals against her. 
Depiction of a woman in the Victorian Era suffering "hysteria"
Summerscale, an award-winning journalist, is also the author of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, a bestseller. The March selection is part of the Book Club's "Tastes Like Fiction" series, and is read in celebration of Women's History Month.

Fiction Lover's Film Companion

The Piano movie posterThis month's Fiction Lover's Film Companion is The Piano, starring starring Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin, Harvey Keitel and Sam O'Neill. In the film, a woman who doesn't speak, along with her young daughter and her prized piano, is sent to 1850s New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but she is soon pursued by a worker on his plantation.

Winner of three Academy Awards, the film was directed by Jane Campion, and is the basis of her novel.  The film was released in 1993 and runs 116 mins.  It is rated R. 

Times and Dates

The Fiction Lover's Book Club will discuss Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace on Monday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 221.  The Piano will be screened on Monday, March 25 at 6 p.m. in Room A-5, on the library's lower level.