Reed College

Rainier Chapter Reading Group

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift


Rachel Klevit '78 & Jerry Sale '69
(206) 322-9199

"Graham Swift's slim [177 page], incantatory new book is one of those deceptively spare tales (like Julian Barnes's The Sense of an Ending) that punch well above their weight. Mothering Sunday, more novella than novel, zeroes in on a time of seismic change in English society and a turning point in the life of a woman who against all odds becomes a famous author. . . .

"While more streamlined and elliptical than Swift's earlier novels, including his Booker Prize-winning Last Orders, Mothering Sunday builds in complexity with its layering of revelations and memories over time. More than just a story about crossing 'impossible barriers' like class and education, it is a love song to books, and to finding words, language, and a voice. It is about [a] remarkably self-possessed woman's ability to regard the 'clean sheet' she was given at birth, free from pedigree or history, as an 'innate license to invent' — and a dead-end affair as a gateway to 'untethered' possibility.'"

Read the full 2016 NPR review by Helen McAlpin.

Anyone who has read the month’s selection is welcome, as are new participants; no long-term commitment required. Contact Peter Greenfield ’67 with questions or suggestions.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm

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