The Club Believes Her

You ever have one of those days where work becomes a soul-sucking vortex of chaos? Yeah you have. It’s called Tuesday. I’ve had a month of Tuesdays. MM is beginning a marathon of Tuesdays. We may not see here until 2019.

Which is why I’m delighted that AM took over scribes duties for our last meeting, held at the end of September. So, without further ado:

On this edition of Drinking Club with a Reading Problem, the club talks flaming hot cheetos, Are You the One?, a BOGO deal on babies, and this month’s book selection: Beartown by Fredrik Backman.

The flaming hot cheetos? Delish. And while they didn’t pair fantastically with the vegetable dip also present, they did add a little somethin’ somethin’ to all of the red wines joining this evening.

Are You the One? A fantastic show which, if you haven’t already, you MUST watch. The concept is so simple yet becomes so involved. DD and I are hopeless fans who had 7 strong seasons to cover.

Baby BOGO deals? MV let us in on this medical marvel, but I’ll leave our fabulous blog owner to tell you this one at another time because it is, after all, half of her story too.

And now to the club’s thoughts/feelings/findings on this month’s choice of Beartown.  Unfortunately only three of us had finished the book by the club’s rendezvous, but fortunately we all had similar feelings towards it: Love. Necessity. Sadness. Fear. Anxiety. Emotions difficult to describe in any combination of words. To name a few…

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I am no novice to Mr. Backman’s writing – having read My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry and A Man Called Ove, I already know that I am a sucker for Backman’s style. He has this insane ability to write characters so that I feel like I know them as a person, sometimes better than I know most people in my day-to-day life.

Even though the players are always my favorite part of Backman’s novels, this particular one is a little tougher because in very different ways, the two main characters of this novel are not actually people at all, but are “Hockey” and “Rape”.

In what sounds to an outsider like a grown-up version of The Mighty Ducks, this town lives, breathes, and relies on hockey to shape its inhabitants’ lives. The sport makes, breaks, defies, ruins, and touches every single person’s life whether they want it to or not, whether they realize it or not. It also drives one of its stars to feel comfortable enough with his reputation and abilities to think he can get away with whatever he wants. This includes assault. This includes rape.

And how apropos is it that the Club reads and meets to discuss this novel exactly 24 hours after the conclusion of one of the most widely watched, talked about, and controversial senate judiciary committee hearings of our time. I won’t get too political here and share my views and opinions on the trial or on its participants (or on the fact that Alyssa Milano was present), but what I will say is that this world could use more women like 15-year-old Maya who is strong enough to tell her story so that justice can be served; so that others can find strength in her story; and so that she and her family can begin their journey back towards some semblance of normalcy in their lives, which is every person’s right but which we take for granted.

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