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Something From 1940s Vanity Fair

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | Permalink

Although Sara Gruen's book, At The Water's Edge, has real-life escapades on the sea during World War II, the story itself could have been something a young Dominick Dunne would have written for Vanity Fair. 

We start out in Philadelphia with a group of family and friends who are too privileged, too rich and, possibly, not too bright. Despicable is a word that comes to mind to describe them, but even despicable people have hard luck. It is just this luck that sets Maddie and her husband, Ellis, on a path toward Scotland and Loch Ness.

It's a good story, but are these people too unlikeable? Can we be sympathetic to their traumas? Should we be? As our group meets to discuss this novel, I wonder whether we will be able to separate our feelings for the characters from our feelings for the book itself.

Come join the conversation. We need a good debate here. Come to either session on Tuesday, April 12th, and tell us what you think. Let's show everyone we can have civil discourse about our books. See you there.

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