Our next book is the novel “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers. The synopsis from Amazon is: “With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters’ inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers’ finest work, an enduring masterpiece first published by Houghton Mifflin in 1940. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. When Singer’s mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book’s heroine (and loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music. Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated—and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.”
We are alternating each month between fiction and nonfiction books . Last month we discussed “Shouting Won’t Help—Why I and 50 Million Other Americans—Can’t Hear You” by Katherine Bouton. And we were joined in our discussion by Katherine Bouton. It was an engaging and informative discussion with people joining us from other HLAA chapters (Florida and North Carolina to name a few).
In May and July we also had authors attend. In May we had Noel Holston join us to discuss his memoir “Life After Deaf.” And in July we had author Heather Gudenkauf to discuss her thriller novel (with a deaf protagonist) “Not a Sound.”
HLAA-TC Book Club plans to continue to meet throughout the year with the schedule and book selections chosen by attendees.
If you are interested in attending a book club, all meetings are open to everyone (whether you’re an HLAA member or not). If interested, send an email to Laura Hagemann at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you a Zoom meeting link.