This is just a reminder that the Women’s Book Group will meet Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 pm to discuss Sappho’s Leap by Erica Jong. Remember, everyone is invited and you don’t have to read the book to attend. Here’s a little more info about the book and about June’s selection.
Sappho’s Leap is a journey back 2,600 years to inhabit the mind of the greatest love poet the world has ever known. At the age of fourteen, Sappho is seduced by the beautiful poet Alcaeus and plots with him to overthrow the dictator of their island. When they are caught, she is married off to a repellent older man in hopes that matrimony will keep her out of trouble. Instead, it starts her off on a series of amorous adventures with both men and women, taking her from Delphi to Egypt, and even to the Land of the Amazons and the shadowy realm of Hades. Complemented by Erica Jong’s new translations of Sappho’s fragments… Sappho’s Leap is not to be missed. (Book Jacket)
“Jong offers sly commentary on everything from slavery to superstition, greed, lust, vanity, deceit, age, and artistic freedom in a tale that is at once enormously entertaining and wisely provocative.” (Booklist)
June 14 meeting – Beyond the Pale by Elana Dykewomon
A decade after it was first printed, Beyond the Pale, one of the classics of lesbian literature, has finally been reprinted. Set in the early 20th century, the story follows the lives of Chava and Gutke, two women born in a Russian-Jewish settlement who ultimately immigrate to New York’s Lower East Side. This is an honest and passionate look into a specific past; a world of midwifery; Russian pogroms; the immigrant experience and the New York suffrage movement. It is an enduring tale of triumph, love and courage over inhumanity. But at its heart lies the most universal story of all; the devotion of one person to another. (Book Jacket)
This edition also includes a preface by the author which looks at the impact of this book on her life and the lives of the readers she has heard from over the years.