June, 2015: March by Geraldine Brooks

(Book #62) Because of the Civil War content of the novel, Lynn served a Union soldier meal of pork roast and beans. Everyone was thankful that she didn’t serve March’s preferred vegetarian fare though the salad she served was recipe-sharing worthy. The group had a love/hate relationship with the book because March was an egotist vacillating between playing the hero and not being worthy. It was also a difficult read because of the high levels of gore — both the slave torture and the combat injuries — but all of this was somehow balanced by Brook’s incredible writing.