Happy Birthday today from CapRadio Reads to William Shakespeare.
Our current novel, Nancy Horan's Under the Wide and Starry Sky, is a story of star crossed lovers, though not by The Bard. The early part of the book, which I hope you are enjoying, talks about Louis meeting his American wife, Fanny Van de grift Osbourne, as she is escaping a nasty marriage. Tragedy strikes her family in Paris, and she goes to a bohemian writer's colony to rest and perhaps to paint. If you have reached this part in the book, you know that resting is not on her agenda for long. It is here we meet Robert Louis Stevenson, or Louis as he is called. Theirs is a turbulent and troubled affair and, perhaps out of guilt, or perhaps her own illness, Fanny retreats back to her marriage. This is where the Robert Louis Stevenson we know really emerges.
In reading this far in our book, what do you think of Fanny's decision to move her children so far away, to a place they know so little about? Is this the "double life" her future husband writes about later? Does she have a lot or a little to feel guilty about?
Aside from being an interesting and fast-paced novel, I love that it calls to mind so many good questions. We will ask (and maybe answer) these and many more on Tuesday, May 13th, at 6:30 p.m. in our Community Room. Please join us.