Welcome to Read With Us Discussion Day

Bonny and Carole and I are posting discussion question(s) today for our latest RWU book . . . The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell. Join the discussion (which you’re welcome do even if you didn’t read the book) by commenting on our blogs.  I’ll be answering your posts within the comment section for this discussion — and you can comment on other people’s comments, as well. Y’know . . . like in a real book group.

Let’s begin!

First . . . I’d really like to know what you thought of the book. What did you like best (or least) about the book? If you’ve read any other Maggie O’Farrell’s books (Hamnet, maybe?), how did The Marriage Portrait compare for you?

Second . . .  From the start, Lucrezia’s temperament is difficult for her mother to tolerate. Are Lucrezia’s intellect and willfulness a liability or a benefit in shaping the course of her life?

Third . . . When I was reading The Marriage Portrait, I was intrigued by all the references to things being “hidden” or “more interesting” underneath. One passage particularly caught my eye . . .

“She turns the hoop over and inspects the underside. She has always had a secret liking for this part of the embroidery, the “wrong” side, congested with knots, striations of silk and twists of thread. How much more interesting it is, with its frank display of the labour needed to attain the perfection of the finished piece.”
— Maggie O’Farrell in The Marriage Portrait

What do you think? Was this a good metaphor for Lucrezia’s assessment of herself and the world she wished she could inhabit? As a crafter, what do you think of the “underside” of your own work?

I can’t wait to hear what you think!


Don’t forget: We’ll be discussing the book on Zoom tonight – 7:00 pm Eastern Time. There’s still time for you to join us! Just let me know of your interest either with a comment or by sending me an email (see sidebar, above) — and I’ll send a Zoom invitation.

PS – If you are planning to join us on the Zoom, but haven’t received an invitation from me (I sent them yesterday), please let me know so I can get the Zoom link to you today.