So, while I’ve been gone (from the blog) putting my office in order, I’ve been seriously thinking about the Buried Editor Book Club idea that was suggested as a use for the forum.  I really liked the idea, but I didn’t really know what books we should start with.  And then we started the character discussions.

Last night, I had a scathingly brilliant idea, and I have decided that the first books for the Buried Editor Book Club should be books that are great works of character.  And since we’ve been discussing primary and secondary characters and using secondary characters to help you show characteristics of your primary character, I have selected some books that I think exemplify this concept.

17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do AnymoreSo, the first Buried Editor Book Club Selection is: 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore by Jenny Offill.  In this book, the reader learns a lot about the first person narrator (the little girl) by how the other characters react to the things she does.  However, what makes this book so extraordinary is that there is no dialogue, and the other characters never once say a word.  It is all told in the pictures and in the way the girl reacts to the reactions.

That, at least is my opinion.  However, this is a Book Club, and thus the book should be discussed.  I would like to hear what others think about the book and the characters.  I’ve already set up a discussion board.  Go there and let me know what your ideas have been.

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