Happy Bookers Discussion Group
Next meeting: Wednesday, May 28
by Julian Fellowes
From the creator of the Emmy-Award winning Downton Abbey. "The English, of all classes as it happens, are addicted to exclusivity. Leave three Englishmen in a room and they will invent a rule that prevents a fourth joining them." In his superbly observed first novel, Julian Fellowes brings us an insider's look at a contemporary England that is still not as classless as is popularly supposed. Edith Lavery, an English blonde with large eyes and nice manners, is the daughter of a moderately successful accountant and his social-climbing wife. While visiting his parents' stately home as a paying guest, Edith meets Charles, Earl of Broughton, and heir to the Marquess of Uckfield, who runs the family estates in East Sussex and Norfolk. To the gossip columns he is one of the most eligible young aristocrats around. When he proposes. Edith accepts. But is she really in love with Charles? Or with his title, his position, and all that goes with it?
What is your
opinion of Edith? In what ways do you feel her choices are justified or
otherwise? Did she know --- or should she have known --- what marriage to
Charles would entail?
Questions excerpted from ReadingGroupGuides.
June - The Book of Salt by Monique Truong
July - The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
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