Thursday, January 6, 2011

January Book Club

I am already looking forward to January Book Club.  The book we are reading is Finny by a local Baltimore author, Justin Kramon.  Happy reading!

We meet Finny Short as an observant, defiant fourteen-year-old who can't make sense of her family's unusual habits. Her mother offers guidance appropriate for a forty-year-old socialite; her father quotes Nietzsche over pancakes. Finny figures she's stuck with this lonely lot until she meets Earl Henckel, a boy who comes from an even stranger place than she does.

Unhappy with Finny's budding romance with Earl, her parents ship her off to Thorndon boarding school. But mischief follows Finny as she befriends New York heiress Judith Turngate, a girl whose charm belies a disquieting reckless streak.

Finny's relationships with Judith and Earl open her up to dizzying possibilities of love and loss, and propel her into a remarkable adventure spanning twenty years and two continents.

Kramon has given us a wickedly funny odyssey, with a moving and original love story at its core. Finnyintroduces us to an unforgettable heroine, a charmingly intricate world, and an uncommonly gifted young novelist.

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