Books and Tea Sunday
Canceled - Rescheduling will be announced.
The Chanel Sisters
by Judithe Little
This special literary club meeting is different than our typical monthly meeting - it is the one time a year we join our with our friends at the Southgate First Wednesday Book Club. Traditionally we bring a guest speaker to this meeting, ideally the author of a book both groups have read.
Our meeting this year will be held at 2:30pm on Sunday January 30.
Local author Judithe Little will be joining us to discuss The Chanel Sisters, her 2020 bestselling novel that the New York Journal of Books called "a multi-layered, elegantly crafted story with enthralling attention to historic detail."
You do not have to have finished the book to enjoy hearing from this author!
About the book: Antoinette and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel know they’re destined for something better. Abandoned by their family at a young age, they’ve grown up under the guidance of nuns preparing them for simple lives as the wives of tradesmen or shopkeepers. At night, their secret stash of romantic novels and magazine cutouts beneath the floorboards are all they have to keep their dreams of the future alive.
The walls of the convent can’t shield them forever, and when they’re finally of age, the Chanel sisters set out together with a fierce determination to prove themselves worthy to a society that has never accepted them. Their journey propels them out of poverty and to the stylish cafés of Moulins, the dazzling performance halls of Vichy—and to a small hat shop on the rue Cambon in Paris, where a boutique business takes hold and expands to the glamorous French resort towns.
But the sisters’ lives are again thrown into turmoil when World War I breaks out, forcing them to make irrevocable choices, and they’ll have to gather the courage to fashion their own places in the world, even if apart from each other.