We agreed to start with “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier. Written in 1938, the novel is my lead mentor Jenny Collins’ favorite book. The story proved to be quite more than what I and the other mentors had imagined. Each chapter was more thrilling and captivating. Told from the heroine’s point of view, whose first name is never revealed, the reader is swirled to the heroine’s home of Manderley after she marries widower Maxim de Winter. She’s met by constant judging from the housekeeper Mrs. Davis and from most of her entourage who never stop to compare her to the deceased Rebecca. Daphne Du Maurier’s most acclaimed novel, I believe that whenever I think of the opening line of the first chapter,” Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again,” I will be overcome with feelings of longing and love.
For the month of May, we decided to read “Baking Cakes in Kigali” by Gaile Parkin which was suggested by Nahal Li and Amanda Arch. Set in Rwanda some years after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, it follows Angel, a Tanzanian professional cake-baker, who lives in Kigali with her husband and orphaned grandchildren.
Being part of a book club is great. I’ve always loved to read books and give my opinions. For the past two months, I’ve been able to analyze and discuss characters and scenarios while relating them to myself in one way or another. Terry Santamaria and I have yet to select our June book, and I can only hope that it's as invigorating as the previous books we’ve read.