Good morning, all, and welcome, Maryann, I have a million questions for you about the book!
Talking about Fanny, and the characters in these first 12 chapters, I was really struck by some readers saying they were "angry" at the characters. When you write a book whose characters are strong enough to induce emotions of any kind, you've done something.
I kept trying to figure out which of them had sparked some ire, read carefully thru the first 12 chapters, our bit to discuss this week, would those of you who felt that way like to say?
Pedln, we're totally different on Fanny. I'm not quite 70 but I love Fanny. Maybe I'm projecting her on to my late friend and neighbor Fannie Lou, but I love her.
It's her inner musings which really hit me like a bomb. What do the rest of you think? To me she's right, in her feelings and true. She knows she can't keep up this life but she keeps hoping against hope "IT" will not come. She wants to help with the baby. Pedln, the non driving did take me back a bit, maybe she's like a lot of wives whose husbands totally dominate, I think in fact it says that somewhere. Now she's going to have to stand on her own and be the strong one.
Who of us has not seen that in somebody as we've come thru life?
I guess my first question to Mayrann is: HOW did you manage to capture the feelings of Fanny so accurately? Her self musings are spot on with my own. You don't appear to be 70, but you have the entire thing perfectly done. The memories of Mama, the feelings of loneliness (this is not my situation, I hasten to add, my children come every weekend, and I keep my grandbaby), but I know the inner heart's whispers and you've captured that, for this woman, and her aging, perfectly: the hidden fears of aging.
How did you do that? What did you call upon?
Things I am not sure about: Amy delivering a baby she did not know/ want to realize she was having. I have heard of such things when the mother was obese, is Amy obese? Why didn't her mother notice she was pregnant? Something wrong with her eyesight?
The lodger refusing to leave? Aren't there laws or something? He turned out nicely, but if we were in the same situation, could one not call the police? The two of them staying in the same house the first night.
Rick not told. (When was he told, when he arrived home?) Now to me that indicates something pretty strong. She's not exactly forthcoming with Rick, is she? Neither is her mother with her. She wants her shot in life, her new career, her new husband, she does not dare to say my daughter is home, with a baby, my parents are in trouble. That's not good. HE'S got their entire life planned out, his way.
When does she tell him, other than when she surprised him? What have I missed?
What does his strange cryptic remark mean "You don't get what you deserve, you get what you think you deserve?"
What do you all think of that remark? I am still vacillating between lose this jerk, and is is he some Wise Man whose meanings I can't decipher?
Questions I'm pondering, and I wonder what you all think, too.
I love the book. To ME Fanny is the strongest character. I wonder if that was intended, but perhaps you all disagree?