Well we are a little late but here is our contribution completed this month by Shirley by herself!
It by Stephen King – story of children who see that which adults do not.
Keeping with ‘children’ as a link to the books, start with No Time to Wave Goodbye by Jacquelin Michard – the story of a child being kidnapped, a family in crisis.
Followed by A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton where one moment’s inattention ends with the death of a child.
Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards is the next link. After pushing a friend off a church roof, Sydney Henderson makes a pact with God that he will live a life without violence providing that the boy lives.
Davita’s Harp by Chaim Potok is told from young Davita's point of view and we often share her frustration as she understands that very important things are happening and all she can do is wait to be told or try to figure it out for herself. As the deprivations of war and depression take a ruthless toll, Davita unexpectedly turns to the Jewish faith.
Also by Chaim Potok, the next link might be to The Chosen. This tells of the relationship between two Brooklyn boys Danny and Reuven, the world they grow up in, and their relationship with their fathers. The two negotiate adolescence, family conflicts, and the crisis of faith.
And the final link is The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler. This is the story of the third generation of a Jewish immigrant family in Montreal. Duddy is combative, amoral, scheming, a liar, and totally hilarious.
This list makes the leap from the fright-inducing stories of Stephen King’s It to the hilarious Duddy Kravitz which is more in keeping with the Muse and Views book club selections.
Thank you Shirley! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays for all!