Welcome back Buzz Book Club readers! This week, we hit a section in Sloane Crosely's I Was Told There'd Be Cake that I think included one of her best stories of the whole book. But more on that in a moment.
Here's a recap of how the Book Club goes if you're new: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in July). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.
Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.
The next assignment: Read to the end that includes the stories "The Height of Luxury," "Smell This," "Lay Like Broccoli," and "Fever Faker." We'll chat about this final section next Friday, July 25.
To discuss the third section of I Was Told There'd Be Cake, in which we read the stories: "Sign Language for Infidels" and "You on a Stick,"
- "You on a Stick" is my favorite story by far in the entire book. There is so much to relate to in this story, and she presents it all in a hilarious way. Have you ever had trouble letting go of a friendship (or has a friendship had trouble letting go of you), and did Crosley adequately capture those emotions? Have you ever witnessed any serious bridezilla behavior firsthand?
- Another thing I appreciated about "You on a Stick" is that the "character" of her friend Francine is so much more fleshed out than most of the other people in her stories, and I found that to be a way more enriching reading experience. That is exactly what I wish Crosley would do with many of the other "characters" in her essays, like her parents or her sister. Did you like getting to know a person (other than Crosley herself) a little more fully in this story?
- Throughout the book there are sometimes these little stories within her essays and I wonder why they're included, and/or I wish she'd expand on them. For example, why was the big bedroom/small bedroom story in "You on a Stick"? That seemed like it could have been a story in itself, and in general, it didn't really fit.
- While I thought there was just something off about "Sign Language for Infidels", I did like one aspect of it: the idea that we're all supposed to do good, even if we don't really want to. Is it our duty to give back, or should we only donate our time and money if we feel truly moved?
- Also, just out of curiosity, what would you have done with the butterfly if you were in Crosley's shoes? There's a strong possibility that I would have just opened a window and been done with it.