As we discussed “This Is How You Lose Her”, we all had one thought in common: Yunior was less than a likeable character. In every story, he showed character flaws that were beyond our realm of sympathy. The book started with him saying “I’m not a bad guy. I know how that sounds – defensive, unscrupulous – but it’s true. I’m like everybody else: weak, full of mistakes, but basically good.” (pg. 3) As we turned the pages, I we all questioned whether or not this was true.
One story that we focused on was the story of Yunior’s friend who found out that his only son was not actually his, and the denial he was in over this revelation. As we have some members who are about to enter or have recently entered this journey of parenthood, we wondered how much your love for a child would change if you found out you were not biologically related.
We also spent some time discussing Yunior’s brother, and how his character changed from when he was healthy to when he was in his final days. His insistence on getting a job and getting married portrayed his denial that he was approaching the end of his life. Or was this remorse? Was he trying to make up for all the time he was less than a good man? Although Yunior wasn’t close with his brother, and never spoke highly of him, his death still weighed heavily on Yunior throughout his life.
Some of our favorite quotes:
“You must not think on these things, Ana Iris tells me. Keep them out of your mind. You do not want to go crazy from them.” (pg. 67)
“Her last painting was of you, slouching against the front door: only your frowning I-had-a-lousy-Third-World-childhood-and-all-I-got-was-this-attitude eyes recognizable. (pg. 45)
“And then one June night you scribble the ex’s name and: The half-life of love is forever.” (pg. 213)
“Ana Iris once asked me if I loved him and I told her about the lights in my old home in the capital, how they flickered and you never knew if they would go out or not. You put down your things and you waited and you couldn’t do anything really until the lights decided. This, I told her, is how I feel.” (pg. 66)
Our next book is “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. From Amazon.com:
“Marriage can be a real killer.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.”