Last week, I reconnected with my friend Megan. She and I met in grade two and were in the same schools together until we both went to university. Her mom still lives in the house she grew up just a few blocks away from my parents home - where I grew up. I hadn't seen her in about 5 years and it felt so easy to be around her again. We caught up, talked about books, bookclubs, work and travel. I also introduced her to the Hot Smoothie from Tim Horton's. If you have one close to you, order it with a shot of mint. YUMMY!
Megan and I met up to hear one of our favourite authors at the Toronto Reference Library. Jodi Picoult (pronounce pee-ku, not p-colt as I had thought or pee-co as Jodi said Americans liked to pronouce it) was in Toronto promoting her newest novel Sing You Home.
Before reading an excerpt from her book, Jodi spoke to an audience of about 300 who braved chilly wet weather and a very strict security guard - he asked Megan and I to keep it quiet while waiting in line for the event to start. I was mortified!
The book deals with gay rights in America, a topic Jodi said she had been wanting to write about for years. Interestingly enough, as she was researching and writing the book, her 19 year old son who is an Egyptology major at Yale, came out to her and her husband.
Accompanying the book is a CD. There is a track to accompany each chapter. The main character in the book is a music therapist named Zoe. Zoe is coming out of a marriage where she and her ex-husband struggled to have kids. After trying various fertility methods and miscarrying many times, they finally carry a pregnancy to seven months only to lose their baby. Their marriage doesn't survive and Zoe and Max each move on to a new life. Zoe falls in love with one of the women she works with and they get married. Max, a recovering alcoholic, finds comfort post divorce in an evangelical church. Personally, they couldn't be further apart. Zoe wants Max's support to use one of the frozen embryos from their marriage so that she and her new wife Vanessa can raise their own child.
I am halfway through the book and enjoying it though it is challenging hearing the evangelical viewpoint portrayed. It is very different from my belief that people love whomever they love. Any form of love is a beautiful, sacred, honourable and treasured thing.
One of my favourite parts of the evening was when Jodi took questions. A 13 year old girl had the floor and said, "I adore you and have read all your books. All my friends will be talking about the newest Justin Bieber song and I will telling them about the newest Jodi Picoult book." So cute!
What are you reading?