The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library book discussion welcomes new readers.
Each month there is a new book to read and discuss. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month upstairs in the magazine corner. The next meeting will be Oct. 17. The book discussed in September was “She’s come undone,” by Wally Lamb.
For the October discussion, the book is “Can’t wait to get to heaven,” by Fannie Flagg. Octogenarian Elner Shimfissle falls off a ladder after accidentally disturbing a hornets’ nest while picking figs. After she dies at the hospital, the novel’s bite-size chapters alternate between funny and touching vignettes showing how Elner’s death and life has affected dozens of people in town, interspersed with scenes of Elner’s laugh-out-loud ascent into the hereafter.
From there, the plot offers readers a series of surprises. A full cast of memorable characters includes Elner’s late sister, Ida, who greets her in heaven still carrying her purse and a grudge about the bad hair styling she got for her funeral.
Copies of this book are widely available in the Sage Library System, as well as an audio book version. All readers are welcome (and for those of you wondering, no, you do not have to have a library card in order to join), even if you haven’t finished the book.