Early last year, I started attending book club meetings with a group of women who combine book discussions with wine tasting. (Woohoo!) At the end of the first meeting, we drew names to see who would choose the next book, and my name was drawn.
Before the meeting even took place, people's comments on the Evite foreshadowed trouble. There was talk of how excruciating the book was and what a drag it was to get through.
By then, I had finished the book (and loved it!) but knew it was definitely not for everyone. It's deliberately weird, provocative and controversial. My one-sentence synopsis when I compiled the discussion questions was, "A love triangle with a gay man, a straight man and a dead woman told from the point of view of a sock monkey." That's probably about all you need to know to decide whether you'd be interested.
When the discussion began, it was quite heated at times. Interestingly enough, the people who had read the whole book liked it better than the people who had given up somewhere in the middle. I was still the only person who really liked it a lot. I think my youthful appreciation for Tom Robbins novels may have helped pave the way.
After the disastrous book club meeting, I was at a loss as to who to give "Sock" to next. I was hesitant to pass it along to anyone who might have a strong negative reaction.
At Christmas, I decided to take some books to my aunt, so I hunted down "Sock" to include in the pile. She called today to tell me that she absolutely loved it. She is also a Tom Robbins fan, which is what helped me decide to give it to her. She even complimented the discussion questions I'd written and tucked into the book. I'm on fire!
It was nice to get a little vindication of my taste in literature. I still say the book isn't for everyone, but there are a couple of us with similar genetic makeup who liked it very much!