Author Kristin Harmel Welcomes You to the First Shelf Pleasure Book Club!
Please join us in the book club section of the Shelf Pleasure forums to participate in our discussion of Kristin Harmel’s The Sweetness of Forgetting. We’ll be choosing a few random participants to win signed copies of the book and Kristin herself will even be popping by, so come join us and post often!
Welcome to Shelf Pleasure, a brand-new destination for women who love to read! I’m thrilled that co-founders Kristen and Stacy have chosen my new novel, The Sweetness of Forgetting (now an international bestseller – woohoo!), as their very first book club pick! What an honor!
When I sat down to write Sweetness, I hoped to create a book that would spark conversation, inspire introspection and encourage readers to open their minds a bit more, both to the differences we find in others and to the possibility of discovering love where we least expect it. In Sweetness, I tackle all kinds of love, including love between two innocent young people, love after divorce, love between a mother and a child, love across the generations, and love of our fellow man. As I wrote, my own thoughts about love began to crystallize, and I walked away with a deeper understanding about how every form of love in our lives is connected. The love we put out into the world is the love that comes back to us, but sometimes, it takes a little patience to see it
all through. I hope as you read my novel, you have the chance to explore your own thoughts about love in all its forms too.
The Holocaust was a tricky subject to tackle in this book, but it’s something I’ve wanted to explore for a long time. The psychological fallout from something so horrific fascinates me, and although I’ve barely scratched the surface of it here, I hope that it opens some discussions among readers on
Shelf Pleasure about how we deal with almost unimaginable tragedy, and how something so devastating affects the rest of our lives. I’d love to hear what you think.
The book includes a Readers Group Guide in the back, so I think that’s a great place to start when it comes to opening a discussion. But I’d also love for
you to consider the following, if you’re so inclined:
1. How did the love between you and your family members when you were a child affect the way you live and love today, as an adult?
2. Are there broken or strained familial relationships in your life that you can repair now? How would that help you as you move forward in your own life?
3. In the novel, Rose (Mamie) has many regrets. What’s your biggest regret in life? Is it something you can fix in some way? How?
4. The book includes nine original recipes. Which one sounds most appealing to you? Do you have a family recipe of your own that has special meaning?
5. Sweetness also touches on the concept of God in three different faiths – Christianity, Judaism and Islam. What do you believe about finding God in unexpected ways and in unexpected places?
I’ll be checking back often and am looking forward to engaging in a bit of conversation with all of you about The Sweetness of Forgetting. Its an honor for an author to get to share in the discussion about her own book.
Thanks to Stacy and Kristen for inviting me to interact with all of you. And thanks to all of you for reading! See you soon on ShelfPleasure.com!
There's nothing we love more at Shelf Pleasure than a ..
Author and Shelf Pleasure contributor Karen A. Chase on how ..
One of author Mary Miley’s favorite things about being a ..
Author and police psychologist Ellen Kirschman, Ph.D., weighs the pitfalls ..
Little known fact about Shelf Pleasure's Kristen: she's obsessed with ..
Although Debbie De Louise has been a librarian and avid ..