Book Review | “Talk to Me” by Jules Wake A Contemporary RomCom you won’t want to put down! #ChocLitSaturdays

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Why I feature #ChocLitSaturdays (book reviews & guest author features)
and created #ChocLitSaturday (the chat via @ChocLitSaturday):

I wanted to create a bit of a niche on Jorie Loves A Story to showcase romance fiction steeped in relationships, courtships, and the breadth of marriage enveloped by characters written honestly whose lives not only endear you to them but they nestle into your heart as their story is being read!

I am always seeking relationship-based romance which strikes a chord within my mind’s eye as well as my heart! I’m a romantic optimist, and I love curling into a romance where I can be swept inside the past, as history becomes lit alive in the fullness of the narrative and I can wander amongst the supporting cast observing the principal characters fall in love and sort out if they are a proper match for each other!

I love how an Indie Publisher like ChocLitUK is such a positive alternative for those of us who do not identify ourselves as girls and women who read ‘chick-lit’. I appreciate the stories which alight in my hands from ChocLit as much as I appreciate the inspirational romances I gravitate towards because there is a certain level of depth to both outlets in romance which encourage my spirits and gives me a beautiful story to absorb! Whilst sorting out how promote my book reviews on behalf of ChocLit, I coined the phrase “ChocLitSaturdays”, which is a nod to the fact my ChocLit reviews & features debut on ‘a Saturday’ but further to the point that on the ‘weekend’ we want to dip into a world wholly ideal and romantic during our hours off from the work week!

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Acquired Book By: I am a regular reviewer for ChocLitUK, where I hand select which books in either their backlist and/or current releases I would like to read next for my #ChocLitSaturdays blog feature. As of June 2016, I became a member of the ChocLit Stars Team in tandem with being on the Cover Reveal Team which I joined in May 2016. I reference the Stars as this is a lovely new reader contribution team of sending feedback to the publisher ahead of new book releases. As always, even if I’m involved with a publisher in this sort of fashion, each review is never influenced by that participation and will always be my honest impression as I read the story. Whether the author is one I have previously read or never had the pleasure to read until the book greets my shelf.

I received a complimentary copy of “Talk to Me” from ChocLit in exchange for an honest review! I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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Why Jorie wanted to read this debut:

I’ve been wanting to read Ms Wake’s debut for quite awhile now – however, I had taken a bit of a break from reading Contemporaries to where I reminded myself this year, aside from focusing on the serial ChocLit releases, I wanted to seek out Contemporary Rom writers as well! Either writing dramatic, suspenseful or quirky humour novels set within our modern era and world. This particular one stood out to me as there appeared to be a break-down of communication and an alarmingly strong case for personal safety being put at risk at the same time. I like finding strong themes being pursued in Contemporary Roms as it is a mirror or our everyday lives.

Ms Wake had her debut novel published by ChocLit but has since moved on to a new publisher where her successive novels are continuing to become published nowadays. Even the cover was charming to me – which is unusual to say, as this isn’t quite the typical cover I’d be enraptured by as it’s featuring my least favourite colour (pink!) and lipstick splotches are a bit cliche (most times) but there was something about the layout and the brushstroke effect of the background (reminded me of digital art ‘brushes’); I credit this to Berni Stevens! She never fails me for being intrigued by her cover art designs – and in combination with the premise, I was won over! Proves the point, even a girl who prefers Earth tones and crimson red can embrace pink on certain occasions!

It even felt a bit like a Rom Suspense novel – even if not full-on, there is a stalker involved, so perhaps not all love’s folly and fun?! I positively get giddy over debut novels, too! As you can see affirmed by this tweet s/o I posted ahead of #ChocLitSaturday (wherein we discussed this novel!). Being able to read Ms Wake’s debut novel was such a blessing, indeed! Especially as it’s the start of her writerly career wherein she gave me a Contemporary Rom Com I could blissfully soak inside with pleasure! Even if the last quarter of the novel was such high octane of sitting on pins to await the ending!

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 Book Review | “Talk to Me” by Jules Wake A Contemporary RomCom you won’t want to put down! #ChocLitSaturdaysTalk to Me

Olivia and Daniel certainly aren’t talking the language of love…

Olivia has been in love with Daniel forever but, despite her best efforts, they’ve never been able to get it together. Their relationship has always been a series of mixed messages and misunderstandings and the final straw comes when Daniel mysteriously starts dating her flatmate, Emily. Hurt and confused, Olivia resolves to forget her heartache with a spot of speed dating. After all, what could possibly go wrong?

One crazy stalker later and Olivia’s life is becoming increasingly strange and scary. Can she rely on Daniel to step in when events take a terrifying turn or will their communication breakdown ultimately result in tragedy?

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Book Page on World Weaver Press

ISBN: 9781781890639

on 6th January, 2013

Pages: 336

Published by: ChocLitUK (@ChocLituk)

Available Formats: Paperback, Audiobook, Large Print & E-Book

Converse via: #Contemporary & #Romance + #ChocLit

About Jules Wake

Jules Wake

Bred but not born in Yorkshire, Jules considers herself an honorary Yorkshire woman and, despite living in the Chilterns, still misses proper hills. She’s always wanted to be a writer and blames this on her grandmother taking her at a young age to the Brontë’s parsonage in Haworth.

After reading English at the University of East Anglia, she found herself in the glamorous and deeply shallow world of PR, which she rather enjoyed, and spent a number of years honing her fiction writing skills on press releases.

Upon completing a creative writing course and finding no local writing group, she set up the Tring Writers’ Circle. As a result it was incumbent upon her to set a good example and actually write, which was rather fortunate as with a genuine allergy to cleaning, she finds writing offers the perfect displacement activity. Talk to Me is Jules’s debut novel.

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on relationships & communication:

As the title angles you to think upon the theme of the story – it is a crafty way of saying what the heart of the novel is eluding too! For sometimes the most simple solution in a relationship is to learn the art of communication! Both in communicating one’s thoughts, concerns, feelings and listening to what the other person has to say in return. If things are left to fester and percolate for another day, it can oft-times lead to an unhealthy imbalance where no one is saying anything or what is being said isn’t what needs to be said at all.

Here’s one of my favourite passages from Talk to Me empathising the point:

Sebastian shrugged. ‘And again . . . it’s not your problem. You’ve got too much of a damsel in distress complex. Want to rescue them all. You want to look after Emily. Rescue Olivia from herself. You need to ease back, mate.’

Daniel glared at him, knowing he was probably right.

Sebastian gave him a rue smile. ‘But . . . I know you. Why don’t you just talk to Olivia? Say something to her. Com-munn-iiicate. Talk to her.

-quoted from “Talk to Me” by Jules Wake, with permission of the publisher.

Interestingly, the art of communication and listening in relationships is not only explored between potential couplings but also in other relationships; either platonic friendships or sisterly bonds. If you think about it, communication is so very vital across the board! In some ways, I found myself in a half chuckle or a small smirk, whilst reading the ways in which Ms Wake weaved her story together! She truly nailed it on bringing everyone round to the wrong conclusions regarding Olivia’s love life whilst eluding to Olivia’s own personal strife in being in love with a bloke whose circling someone elses orbit. It was ironic how all the key people in Olivia’s life were overlooking something quite obvious: she wasn’t hung up on a bloke from the past, she was trying to quell the transparency of her infatuation with a bloke in the present!

My Review of talk to me:

You can feel the ache in Olivia’s throat and heart as she tries to make off the fact Daniel is spending time in her flat with her roommate as being ‘not a problem at all’ when in reality her spirits are dashed! You can tell she’s a bit insecure how to approach speaking with Daniel straight from the start, as she blunders a bit on the delivery of offering him a cuppa (tea) before he curiously ducks away from her and heads back to see if Emily needed anything herself. A bit of a web tangle here – her heart is beating for another whose eyes are unattached to her advances whilst caught in the throes of his own romance a door or two away from Olivia’s! You can truly sense the tension – so thick and taut, it’s amazing she was able to focus on what to do after he took off!

I felt a bit of Bridget Jones was being channeled in her relating why pop music isn’t as soothing as it eludes and why cricket matches are ill-timed when attempting to pull something out of the radio signals that isn’t a reminder of something that hits too close to home. Although, if I were truthful she also reminded me of As Time Goes By wherein Sandy had such a time of it getting her beau disinterested in Rugby! In this instance, cricket was something Daniel shared with her cousins! Of all the tangles you could ever hope to not be involved, you could say Olivia had sprung herself into quite a pickle!

Oy vie. The presumptive suggestions by others who feel being a singleton is off-putting and dearly questionable whilst giving you prompts of how to quickly switch-out your relationship status as if it were a simple act of turning over a sign when a store opens shop! On the level if you wanted to be in a relationship, you’d be in one and not floundering about without anyone in sight of whom could be a potential match. As if dating were not complicated but rather one of the more simplistic pursuits you can go after. Such is the malarkey spinning round Olivia when her dear fam insists she take notes from her cousin Piers who made a smashing success out of speed dating; even I, as a fellow singleton take offence to that suggestion! A bell rings, all seats rotate and you can barely form your thoughts and bam! next bloke drops by to say ‘Hallo, these are my interests, etc’ in some awkward attempt to combine small talk with a first (trial) date! Oy!

Daniel’s point-of-view differs from Olivia’s – where we get the impression he would have had a relationship with Olivia if all things were equal. Whereas his relationship with Emily is complicated by the fact Olivia and him share history together during a period of time when Emily was not in the picture. Hearkening back to their days in college which were more carefree and less restrictive to supposition where everyone was more keen on speaking their minds than letting things slip through their fingers; or so it would have appeared. His main contention is trying to understand the choices Olivia is making in her life and why she’s choosing to take the path she is to lead down corridors of relationships he cannot advocate as being healthy. You see his frustration and the conflictive way in which he is trying to sot out how best to handle ‘Olivia’ in regards to ‘stepping in’ and asking her outright or letting things lie. You’re a bit surprised by his attitude – as why not ask the questions outright than presume to understand the situation!? Something was holding him back,… it was funny because men always say “we’re not mind readers” when referencing women’s insistence that they have overlooked something but on the same token, women aren’t telepathic either! It is best to talk it out – good, bad or indifferent than to simply allow things to muddle into a goo of what ifs, how comes and whys!

Observing Olivia speed dating was as bad as I had felt it could become, really! You only have minutes to make an impression and then, with such a harsh backlash of judgement against you if in some small way something you said was left open right where it was without further commentary on your part, you could entirely spend an evening with mixed impressions, mixed signals and an exhaustive mind of trying to dodge your way through random questions that truly were superficially unimportant. I’ve observed real-life speed daters on one of those reality series where a matchmaker tries to make matches for her clients? Hardly ever goes the way she plans but a few times, even I was impressed how a few hidden treasured gems popped up and reset the standard for the norm! On that note, it is possible to meet someone at one of these mixers but I’m so old fashioned in that regard, I wouldn’t bother attempting it.

Soon after the escapade, Emily (Olivia’s flatmate) starts to get some truly alarming responses to a bloke whom had the misunderstanding she was keen on him when in fact, she wasn’t at all. The escalating situations involving that particular misunderstanding had a capstone when Olivia herself was woken in the stark early morn by a brick bundling into her bedroom; shattering glass and carting her off for a visit to the ER (A&E in England). Surrounding these difficultly tense moments is Daniel’s brooding over Olivia’s choices in dating (of which from what you gather are null and void; completely a work of Emily’s  mind of misdirection) and Olivia feeling vexed by how everyone seems to continue to be pointedly direct about how she ought to feel or live. Meanwhile, her sister Kate is acting suspiciously different which lent me to wonder if she was withchild at one point because her terse reactions sounded so reminiscent of a hormonal switch-up!

You wouldn’t think everything would happen lightning quick in this story, but after a certain length, everything starts to pick up speed to where the comedy outweighs the drama until of course, after a period of calm, your taken unawares because that’s when Wake decides to stitch together what has been a harbinger just out of sight. The shocking bit is how real Wake wrote those bits and how anguishing it was to read some of it – especially as there is a death scene involving a cat. Normally I wouldn’t go for cruelty to animals but in this one case it was cause for concern in regards to psychological instability on behalf of the stalker. Especially regards to the motives on his behalf to effectively scare and alarm the flatemates.

In the background of the brewing climax, you truly start to feel for Olivia and Daniel quite equally – neither one truly gave consideration for how much time you can lose without full honesty in regards to thoughts and feelings. Even the little things can grow mountainous if your not keen on disclosing what is needling you to anger. Emily was quite the anti-heroine of the novel – she isn’t the kind of girl you could trust – such a revolving door of charms, lies and over-confidence with just enough squirmy non kosher morals to make you reconsider her friendship. I felt the most for Kate; caught between a rock and the proverbial hard place – she almost turnt to Olivia too late. Sisters have such a complicated relationship but even theirs proved to be further strained by miscommunication.

Wake truly champions her theme from all angles – seeking to prove not only the benefits of communication but the pitfalls. Especially if you take a leaf out of Emily’s book, diplomacy and tact are far better soothsayers than sharpened scorn; something Emily learnt the hard way round! The dress on the cover is quite impressively important – it marked the turning stone of Olivia’s marketing career! One thing I admired most is how drinkable the fashion and contemporary posh lifestyle is well-fused to those outside those high-end circles.

One admiring quality is how Wake could assert the elements of that world without making you feel blundering under the terminology or the descriptions (such as I had when I ill-attempted to read The Devil Wears Prada; much better as a film!). Those who are familiar with Younger (American tv serial set in the book world of marketing and publishing) will see a few nods of familiarity here especially in regards to what goes on behind-the-dress and the event it’s meant to be featured as a showstopper.

This dramedy deals with dating safety and concerns:

One of the best novels I’ve seen that slowly built-up the concerns for singletons who are actively dating or attempting to date; even taking advice from well-meaners who only intend to help guide them rather than frustrate the heck out of them with their needling! Ms Wake wrote a whole secondary arc inside the novel borderlining into a Rom Suspense as the underthread was so bang-on plausible, you nearly forsaked your own memory for how things were fusing together yourself! She drew out how reasonable it is to have an unhealthy attachment bridge a series of circumstances where your own personal safety is not just at jeopardy but your privacy is compromised.

Herein she didn’t write your typical stalker story arc – but rather knitted up the psychological concerns where fear and sanity co-collide. Did you remember such-and-such or did you forget? How to root out the truth from supposed memory and how to pierce together the clues when all of it starts to add up to be coincidentals where it could or could not have been much of anything at all. The invisibility of the stalking and the viability of it happening is what made it a pot-boiler of ‘is it or isn’t it’.

Very much a dramatic story-line but I lamented on Twitter it’s quite the charming comedy for me! There is such a genuine smirk with popples of laughter arching through the background, it’s hard not to find yourself having a bit of a laugh as you walk through the annuals of Olivia’s life! Like most dramedies, this one had such an ace of balance intermixed with the fierce reality of distrust, personal safety and the relative way in which those who wish you harm can get too close for comfort. The levity helped ease the discomfort of being on the fringe of ‘finding out’ what was what and why what was happening had tipped past the edge. Definitely a #mustread for any singleton!

One of those ChocLit novels I get so much joy out of in regards to Briticisms:

I heart the discovery of #newtome British words and phrases – it’s so wicked ace in my book, it’s hard to express the joy I have in finding such lovelies each time I pick up a ChocLit novel! Although I’ve blogged about this previously on my ChocLit reviews, this was a true charmer! I had a full-on flashback of numerous ‘tailbacks’ on interstates – especially whilst engaged with the knack of forgetting when a holiday is happening and stuck idling in a massive parking lot once known as the freeway! Honestly, that was a wicked find!

Some of the words, I had forgotten were of British origins; I’ve become such a chameleon with my own writing voice to curb my dyslexia whilst owning to the fact I had a grandmother and great-grandmother who were most decidedly British *and!* Victorian  – you could say, the Briticisms were going to will themselves out of my blood eventually! This is just one of those lovelies where I could lay pause over a twist of a phrase, smile and try to remember why it was so wicked hilarious lateron in case I could use it myself aloud in a conversation wherein it would cross-apply!

I love too, how much I’ve learnt of modern British life by reading ChocLit novels for two years! I instantly recognised the M roads in question but also, some of the bits of Olivia’s life just felt synced to what I have learnt or gathered from previous letters sent to me by dear friends (as I’m a letter writer who has UK postal correspondences). Definitely a keeper of a re-read – I can honestly see myself one year re-reading all the ChocLit novels with pen and notebook – taking notes and remembering the joys I had originally seeing the text for the first time! Oh, give me a blizzard so I can sit by a cosy hearth and just daydream about ChocLit heroines and heroes with their beautiful tongue of expressions!

On the contemporary writing style of jules wake:

Ms Wake adds the details you cannot help but chuckle over – especially when Olivia starts to make comparisons on her behalf with breeds of dogs! Mind you – who wouldn’t want to be a golden retriever? They are some of the most beloved breeds – due to their adaptability, loving kindness, high energy and the way in which they go with the flow! I, knew she was going more by aesthetics than personality but one has to think a bit more on it to see that retrievers have a lot going in their favour!

When it comes to idealisations and Contemporary Fiction – I happen to be of the accord it’s quite right to curb a few quirky details of our lives for the sake of cutting to the quick on where relationships begin, build and hopefully end in a happy ending (whether fully resolved or a door left open for the hope of one). We were talking about this in our #ChocLitSaturday chat today, so it’s still fully present on my mind, but what grabbed me the most about Ms Wake’s Contemporary voice is how realistic she paints the portrait of Olivia. Olivia is a work-in-progress as she tries to sort out her personal life whilst owning to the fact others round her don’t always understand who she is as a woman. There is a lot of sharp and well aced dialogue in the novel, where you can readily hear Olivia’s vexations, ponderments and the plausible manner in which she tries to contend with the spontaneous bits of life which simply evolve into view whilst she’s trying to plough forward. I felt Ms Wake left more than a few quirks of human behaviour inside this novel – part of why I kept smirking, to be honest and gave me such a delightful reading, I was nearly miffed I had arrived at the end!

I truly loved these key bits of how Ms Wake wrote her Contemporary Rom wherein Singleton Fiction truly was embraced for all the muddiness of the vexations in seeking out someone of whom sees you as you are and celebrates the joy of finding you! Curiously, should be noted I shared these novel points a full hour EARLY as I had forgotten about ‘daylight savings time’ for the 3rd Year in a row whilst hosting #ChocLitSaturday! Oy vie. Clocks are not my friend! The sentiments I shared though are worth noting as I was able to hone in on what I was appreciating most about Ms Wake’s Contemporary style!

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Small fly in the ointment:

Language wise – there is a peppering of strong words throughout the novel, though mostly limited to a particular kind of healthy mushroom whereas the strongest of all words is blessedly limited to extreme emotional responses or outright frustration; I was thankful it was properly absent than liberally used. This is one instance due to the layers of psychological welfare and supposed mental health issues – where I could foresee stronger words being warranted. However, as always – I prefer ‘less’ over ‘more’. I was honestly so hooked on the story-line, most times I blinked over the words and had to re-read a few passages to realise they were even there! I was trying to slow myself a bit as I read because it’s not the kind of book you can read just for the kicks of laughter; there is so much to sit up and take stock of! In that regard, the language issue felt a bit muted against the swirl of unknowns.

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As an aside:

Although I am a bit of a big fan of Bridget Jones (as a character) and as a film series, I must say, I never could quite get through the books! They weren’t as enjoyable to me as the films – and blessedly, the third in the sequence was smashingly bang-on brilliant just like the previous two; something I stressed about as you just never know when it comes to delayed sequels. I’m hoping as they’ve found such a fitting end to Bridget’s journey, this will remain where the films let off. It is one of the few instances where I have an attachment to the (film) adaptations and a complete aversion to the books; previously, it was The Devil Wears Prada that owned that designation in-between Bridget Jones releases.

I was rather curious – did anyone else think the final Bridget Jones film was definitely a girls’ film? I normally don’t find this true – as so many Rom Coms are cross-humourous to both men and women, but in this particular instance, I truly felt “definitely one for the girl’s!” I’d love your comments on this in the threads inasmuch as your thoughts on this novel Talk to Me! Whose title was quite telling in the nature of it’s discourse, yes!? Communication is the key to all relationships – including between Bridget and Darcy as it turnt out! Ah!

Further still, Jorie loves her BBC: or should I say ‘Auntie Beeb’!

Unsure why singleton’s find As Time Goes By rather droll when I find it so hilariously honest, real and compelling – especially when you look at it from a relationship angle! All three key relationships in that series were fraught with communication issues! Laughs with mirth. I wish there had been more of this series, even though I know there is a substantial lot of episodes for a series of it’s kind. Sadly I haven’t yet find another to give me that much joy again. Except for Monarch of the Glen which crushed my heart and BallyKissAngel which crushed my soul. The latter of which remains ‘left unseen’ after Ambrose died – honestly, it was too crushing to continue. How Tina Kellegher gave her performance as a grieving widow as Niamh to such an accord of a level as she played it, I’ll never know but fully respect for the depth she took her character’s reaction!

Begs questioning – any other dramas I should be requesting my library to purchase or I should ILL? (inter-library loan) I own BallyK – it was a beautiful birthday gift in my early twentytens!

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In case you’ve missed my ChocLit readings:

Please follow the threads through #ChocLitSaturdays!

And, visit my ChocLit Next Reads List on Riffle (recently upated!)

to see which stories I fancy to devour next!

I celebrated my 3rd Blogovesrary on 31st of March, 2016 wherein I revealled my Best of the Best Reads for 2015 via my End of the Year Survey. More than one ChocLit novel made the cut and received a special Award from me to acknowledge how lovely it was written!

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My ChocLit readings late Summer, early Autumn:

Search for the Truth | by Kathryn Freeman (review)

Turning the Tide | No. 1 of the Little Spitmarsh series | by Christine Stovell (review)

*Part of my focus on serial ChocLit Fiction!*

Talk to Me | by Jules Wake (Jorie Loves Debut Novels!)

What shall Jorie pick next to read?! Hmm.

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IF you love chatting about Romance novels, #amwriting adventures and being in a wicked good circle of writers and readers joyfully sharing their writerly & bookish lives, I invite you to join us for #ChocLitSaturday which is an extension of my reviews & guest features on behalf of ChocLitUK! All are welcome! Visit @ChocLitSaturday for more details!

Starting this November, 2016 I’m going to start archiving #ChocLitSaturday chats on Sunday, with a blogged transcript and recap of the previous day’s topic of discussion and a round-up of the book recommendations which were populated through the chat itself. This will carry forward during our hiatus period (26 November through New Year’s Eve) wherein I’ll be releasing back-posted archives for the past two years of #ChocLitSaturday chats anchoured to the coordinating Sunday. In the New Year, each Sunday after the chat, the posts will go live along with the tweet shares to help spread the word about the discussion of the hour and the books discussed. In this way, I hope to establish a more regular archive of the chats themselves whilst encouraging new readers, bloggers and writers to join us.

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I look forward to reading your thoughts & commentary! Especially if you read the book or were thinking you might be inclined to read it. I appreciate hearing different points of view especially amongst bloggers who picked up the same story to read.

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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