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The Reading Group: A Novel (P.S.)
by Elizabeth Noble

Published: 2005-01-04
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The Reading Group follows the trials and tribulations of a group of women who meet regularly to read and discuss books.Over the course of a year, each of these women become intertwined, both in the books they read and within each other's lives.

Inspired by a shared desire for conversation, ...

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Introduction

The Reading Group follows the trials and tribulations of a group of women who meet regularly to read and discuss books.Over the course of a year, each of these women become intertwined, both in the books they read and within each other's lives.

Inspired by a shared desire for conversation, a good book and a glass of wine-Clare, Harriet, Nicole, Polly, and Susan undergo startling revelations and transformations despite their differences in background, age and respective dilemmas.

What starts as a reading group gradually evolves into a forum where the women may express their views through the books they read and grow to become increasingly more open as the bonds of friendship cement.

In The Reading Group, Noble reveals the many complicated paths in life we all face as well as the power and importance of friendship.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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  "The Reading Group"by zamak (see profile) 12/01/09

This book seems confusing in the beginning because there are many characters to keep straight. Stick with it though, by page 100 you'll know who they all are. Interesting and honest look at women's relationships.... (read more)

 
  "Very British read about 1 year in the life of a group of women in a book club"by dragonmary (see profile) 09/30/08

Book was basically a good and fun read. It took a little time to get used to the "Queen's English" and British terms that appear throughout. Ladies of the "Reading Group" are an interesting group that... (read more)

 
  "Good women friendship book"by teatime (see profile) 07/11/08

It was good to see how the characters eventually became closer as the book progressed. But it was slow and not much of a page turner. It was too long and the author could have cut 100 pages and still... (read more)

 
  "Surprisingly, the majority of our book club enjoyed reading this book."by [email protected] (see profile) 06/20/08

Members identified with the characters and thought it was a light read. Character identification was confusing and associations were difficult at first. The ending was too pat and much of the book could... (read more)

 
  "Hard to start, but very enjoyable once you figure out who everyone is."by karendesousa (see profile) 10/17/07

This was our book club's first book. It helped us to get an idea what book clubs are all about. Almost everyone related to at least one of the characters in the book. And their stories gave us a lot to... (read more)

 
  "British reading group and how their personal lives entwine with the grou["by CABarney56 (see profile) 09/11/07

The group really liked the book once they got into it. It does start out kind of slow. Is anyone interested because we now have six copies of the book?

 
  "Good light reading"by kristinrus (see profile) 08/17/07

Our group enjoyed this book, and found it easy to read.

 
  "Too many characters doing absolutely nothing"by lerafox1 (see profile) 04/17/07

OUr entire group hated this book! Most didn't even finish. I finished but could have cared less about the outcome.

 
  "The book brought lively discussion"by clf256 (see profile) 01/30/07

The book was difficult at first to keep track of all the characters and their spouses and children. Stick with it it gets better.

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