Dear Great Book Guru, Last weekend I attended the Women’s March on Washington with friends from the North Shore LI group organized by Carolyn Mazzu Genovesi. It was an incredible experience I will always remember. We had many wonderful conversations and one of them was about good books we had recently read. Someone mentioned a new novel about women, parenting, and Brooklyn. I think my book group would really enjoy it. Any thoughts on this? Marching From Washington
Dear Marching From Washington, We were in D.C. too – and yes, much thanks to Carolyn for her amazing job of organizing and inspiring so many of us. The book you are considering is CLASS by Lucinda Rosenfeld. Karen Kipple is a forty-five years-old mother of a young daughter, wife of an out- of- work lawyer, and head of a non-profit food bank. The book is set in Brooklyn and deals with a myriad of issues: schools, food, friends, clothes- all filtered through a prism of race and class. At times darkly humorous and always brutally insightful, CLASS is a fast moving tale rich with compelling details and memorable characters. Throughout, we question how far Karen will go in pursuit of her unique version of social justice. Recommended!