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Reed Rainier Chapter Reading Group - The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Home of Debbie Prince ’71 (email for address)

The Enchanted April, written in 1922, is Elizabeth von Arnim's most charming novel in every sense: it casts a spell.  . . . Four very different women respond to an advertisement in the Times appealing to 'those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine' to rent a small medieval Italian castle for a month. Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Arbuthnot, the original two respondents, are joined in their act of escape by the youthful Lady Caroline, whose beauty and general melodiousness have become something of a burden to her, and the formidable Mrs Fisher, who insists that everyone think of her 'just as an old lady with a stick' as she sets about imposing her will on the rest. Each one is vaguely unsatisfied with their lot and Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Arbuthnot both have marriages of quiet English unhappiness.

"Von Arnim has an eye for small human failings, the little acts of pettiness and selfishness in which most people indulge. She is perceptive about the way people misread one another's good (and not so good) intentions, and the early chapters read like a comedy of miscommunication."   Natasha Tripney in The Guardian.  Here is a link to the full review:

Reading-group meetings start at 7:30 pm, and generally end around 9:30.  Anyone who has read the month’s selection is invited to take part; new participants are welcome: no long-term commitment is required.  If you plan to attend, please e-mail or call the hosts at least two days before the meeting, so they will know how many people to expect, and so you may be notified in the event that the location should change, as sometimes happens.  Please direct questions or suggestions to

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:30pm

Home of Debbie Prince ’71 

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