Fiction Book Club January 2021 (Online Activity)
Absent in the Spring by Agatha Christie
Absent in the Spring was described by Agatha Christie as ‘the one book that has satisfied me completely – the book I always wanted to write’.
The novel was published under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and is part of a series of six novels about crimes of heart. The title is inspired by a Shakespeare sonnet ‘From you have I been absent in the spring...’
Complicated, witty, twisty and suspenseful in ways that have nothing to do with crime, the novel is a character study of a woman who founds herself stranded in a desert outpost due to flooding of the railway tracks. With nothing else to occupy her time during this sudden solitude, she starts to assess her picture perfect life and while looking back at her choices and decisions, she is forced to confront the truths she discovers about herself.
This is a short yet powerful novel that induces self-reflection, leaving the reader with an interesting question: If you only have you to think about, what would you find out about yourself?
Happy readings and stay safe :)
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