Oh, Sarah Waters, where have you been all my life? What would I have done if Swapna hadn’t raved about The Little Stranger during our dinner at the National Book Festival? And for reals, how did I not know about you and your awesomeness?
Ever since Swapna’s raving (you’ll see that she named this the best book of 2009), I was dying to read The Little Stranger. When my book club decided to take a break over the holidays and read a longer book to be discussed in January or February, I immediately suggested that we look at the Booker Prize nominees, then I started lobbying for this one.
The the winner was announced (Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel), and it turned out that a few of the women in my book club ADORED Tudor history, and all of my hopes and dreams for reading this book were dashed. Wolf Hall it was.
But then, oh, then Nicole of Linus’s Blanket asked me to appear on her Blog Talk Radio show That’s How I Blog and to select a book to discuss during the 20 Minute Book Club segment, and The Little Stranger was back in, and all was right with the world.
In short, I loved The Little Stranger. Loved it. And if you’ve read it, I’d love to hear what you thought about it. You can hear my discussion with Nicole (and Jennifer, Heather,and Jen, who called in to discuss it with us) at That’s How I Blog–the book club discussion begins at about 57 minutes into the recording, and we take a few pleasant diversions along the way (and go for longer than 20 minutes), but it’s all good.
I had such a great time talking about The Little Stranger with those lovely ladies that I’m just not ready to stop yet. So let’s have a conversation here. Have you read the book? Did you like it? What did you make of the ending? Was there really something bad in the house? Was it Faraday messing around with the family? Are we really supposed to know?