Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Meeting of May 30, ,2016
The book this month was No Relation by Terry Fallis, Linda's choice. We met at Michèle's new home and she served a fig and walnut dip with vegetables, pear, chèvre and procuitto tarts and a pâté. In honour of Marie Antoinette in the novel, we had a fancy chocolate cake. Betty, Carla, Colette, Jane, Jolene, Linda and Michèle were present.
The author Terry Fallis is a Canadian from Toronto who was educated as a mechanical engineer but never practiced. He developed a career as a political strategist working with politicians both at the federal and provincial levels. He maintained a blog mainly as a political pundit and at one point decided to try his hand writing a novel. His first novel, The Best Laid Plans, he self-published and it was later picked up and published by McLelland & Stewart. It won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and won the Canada Reads competition in 2011. He has written to date, 5 novels and is presently working on a 6th novel.
Everyone enjoyed this book, the second novel we have read by Terry Fallis. It is a funny, insightful novel that tells the story of a man who shares his name with the American author Ernest Hemingway, with a slight difference in spelling Earnest Hemmingway. He forms a self-help group with other persons who have names of famous persons and together they help each other out with their frustrations that come from sharing a name with a well-known person. A camaraderie and close friendship develops between the members of the group and their experiences make for funny and often poignant situations. There is also a second story in this novel about Earnest's family business called Hemmingwear that adds to the complexity of the novel. All agreed that the book was very enjoyable, easy to read and interesting giving us chuckles and out right belly laughs.
Jolene was intrigued by the cover design that has a bear and a person dressed in a bear costume facing each other. After some discussion we came to the conclusion that it must represent Ernest Hemingway, the American author who was a bit of a bear in stature and look and who apparently had a real bear as a friend and the principle character of this novel Earnest Hemmingway.
Thank you Linda for a great read!