This is a reminder that on Saturday we will be celebrating the French instead of the Irish. The Riverton Area Book Club meets this Saturday at 10 am at the Riverton Library to discuss Almost French, by Sarah Turnbull.
This is a first-person account of the adventures of Sarah, a writer from Australia, as she begins a relationship with Frederic, a Parisian. Her memoir records the stories of patience, tolerance, forgiveness, and humor needed to to navigate French customs and idiosyncrasies.
Some of the questions we may ask of the book are:
How easy is it to straddle two cultures?
How does one satisfy personal requirements to be surrounded by family and particular geographical spaces?
Do we like the French better or worse after learning about how they live?
And lest we think Sarah was the only person undergoing a sea change, here is a spoiler alert: She and Frederic relocate to Tahiti and eventually land in Australia to live so Frederic gets his chance to experience a cultural minefield!
I apologize if some readers were not able to get a copy of this book to read and will make sure that this does not happen in the future.
See you on Saturday!