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RĂ©ans, Armagnac, 32 Gers, France
Our objective is to promote friendship between women of all nationalities living in Gascony, SW France, to share our interests and to offer help when needed. The Club started in 2008, with twenty English ladies living in Gascony, using a foreign language and experiencing a new life. Since then, several different groups have been added and our membership has grown into the hundreds, with new ladies moving to the area and ladies who have lived here a while, who have discovered us, who want to make new acquaintances and discover new areas of interest. Today we have eleven nationalities, and our speaking/working language is English. The GLC meets on the second Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August.Every member receives an email each month, giving the name of the restaurant, the chosen, menu and a booking form. In 2014, we became a non-profit making Association, known as Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac and was re-named in 2019 to Gascogne Ladies Club. Our annual subscription fee of 10 € is payable in January each year. Each member of the Club may participate in some or all of our various groups

Saturday, 16 April 2016

LLC April 2016 bookclub meeting

LLC Bookclub - What's next? 

Just a reminder about the April meeting which is coming up next week. We will be discussing Ginster’s choice of book, 
Next meeting is on 

Thursday April 21st 2.30 pm
Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson  (GM)

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Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, the eccentric and remote sister of their dead mother. The family house is in the small town of Fingerbone on a glacial lake in the Far West, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town "chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere." 
Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.

All meetings, unless notified, are at Pam’s at 2.30.
Ginster’s list of questions have been emailed to the bookclub members 

For the next bookclub meeting on May 19th:  
2 books were chosen by Ann P and Nellie:
1, Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani 

2. A Desert in Bohemia  Jill Paton Walsh


The June book has been chosen by Paula who will be back by then, June 16th. 
Here is some info on the book below.


Paula comments: “I was not able to put down Michelle de Kretser’s book Questions of Travel when I found it in my local second hand book shop.
When I read it, I thought, the LLC group would like to know this book, and I believe that there would be good discussion.
It does have violence, but it is in the context of devastation that leads to a migrant’s path, and this is why I think that it is so suitable a theme for now and what our world is facing in the displacement of lives and events that shape destinies. 
Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in Australia.   Her book Questions of Travel won the Australian Prime Ministers Award in 2013 as well as the literary Miles Franklin award.
I found it a very moving book of great literary standard.  I’m glancing at the back cover right now and quote Hilary Mantel
“I so much admire Michelle de Kreser’s formidable technique - her characters feel alive, and she can create a sweeping narrative which encompasses years, and yet still retain the sharp, almost hallucinatory detail.  It’s brilliant.”" 
Jackie will be choosing the July book, and may have my selection ready by Thursday.
Hope to see as many of you as possible on Thursday.

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