The yard was quite dark as they turned into it and the poplar leaves were rustling silkily all around it. "Listen to the trees talking in their sleep," she whispered as he lifted her to the ground. "What nice dreams they must have!" (Chapter Two)
My book club is beginning the Anne series this year and discussing each book.
Montgomery brings Anne to life by giving the character more personality than any other I have read. The dialogue is fantastic.
* You can read my review as well as reading group ideas for this book here.
Up Next: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver and Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
About The Bean Trees (from harpercollins.com): Marietta Greer spent her girlhood in rural Kentucky determined to do two things: avoid getting pregnant and escape rural Kentucky. AC the start of the novel, she has headed west in a beat-up '55 Volkswagon, changing her name to "Taylor" when her car runs out of gas in Taylorville, Illinois. By the time two tires give way in Tucson she has with her a stunned, silent three-year-old Cherokee girl who was literally, dropped into her arms one night. She has named the child Turtle, for her strong, snapping-turtle-like grip. In Tucson Taylor finds friendship and support in Lou Ann Ruiz, a fellow Kentuckian and single mother, with whom she and Turtle share a house. Her newfound community also includes Mattie, who runs a safe house for political refugees in the upstairs rooms above her auto repair shop. The novel's themes of fear, flight, homelessness, and finding sanctuary within a community are present in Taylor's struggle to find a place where she belongs, and the more urgent plight of two Central American refugees, Estevan and Esperanza. These fellow travelers help one another create new lives and redefine the meanings of home and family.