Behold, December's book club selection! MR had the honor of hosting this month, and she chose "Digging to America" by Anne Tyler. A quick rundown of the book:
Two families, who would otherwise never have come together, meet by chance at the Baltimore airport—the Donaldsons, a very American couple, and the Yazdans, Maryam’s fully assimilated son and his attractive Iranian American wife. Each couple is awaiting the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. After the babies from distant Asia are delivered, Bitsy Donaldson impulsively invites the Yazdans to celebrate with an “arrival party,” an event that is repeated every year as the two families become more deeply intertwined.
This novel was definitely more lighthearted than our previous picks (an easy feat after "Shanghai Girls" and "Sarah's Key"), and everyone agreed that it was a quick, easy read. Through the two families, Tyler was able to delve into complicated issues involving infertility, adoption, parenthood and ethnicity.
However, the group really wished more happened in this book. Several of us felt as though the plot never really went anywhere, and the ending was anti-climactic. I harbored intense hatred for one of the mothers, Bitsy, and I spent most of book club talking about how I hated her (she was one of those super judgmental mothers who makes snide comments about other mothers' child rearing techniques. Plus, she wore gross outfits).
Major props to MR for putting out "quite a spread" of delicious brunch dishes. Christa is hosting in January, and her book pick looks awesome. We're really hoping that book club BLOWS UP in 2010. Step 1: come up with a cool name. Step 2: create a Facebook page.