Women's Book Club


Book Club
Tuesday, September 22, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

The Book Club is open to all and we are happy to have new members join our cheerful and diverse group. We meet every six weeks or so in a private home. If you are interested, contact Suzy Simpson.  

Before the summer we read To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. The choice for our first meeting in September is The Mockingbird Next Door, by Marja Mills This is the story of Mills’ friendship with the Lee sisters. It is a testament to the great intelligence, sharp wit, and tremendous storytelling power of these two women, especially that of Nelle Harper Lee. Mills was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle, to be part of the Lees’ life in Alabama, and to hear them reflect on their upbringing, their corner of the Deep South, how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and why Nelle Harper Lee chose to never write another novel.

During this summer, another Harper Lee book was published, Go Set a Watchman. In her twenties, Lee made her one bid for another life among the Yankees and moved to New York City to write. This is a follow-up novel to To Kill a Mockingbird. The character of Jean Louise Finch of Go Set a Watchman, who comes home to Maycomb, Alabama, to visit her aging, arthritic father is no longer “Scout Finch, juvenile desperado, hell-raiser extraordinary” but someone much closer to her creator. Told in the third person, the novel traces Jean Louise’s painful coming to terms with her roots. The most vivid passages, which are fleeting, concern twenty-something Miss Finch’s recollections of childhood and her brother, Jem, who is now dead. Evidently this second Harper Lee book puts a whole different light on the character of Atticus Finch. We will be comparing the three books, which should make for a very lively discussion.

All are welcome. For information, please contact Suzy Simpson at 203-622-6611 or suzsimp@verizon.net. We hope that you will come and join us for these interesting discussions.