Hello, Bookies!

I’m Amy Feezor, and I am the copy director at Real Simple. Put simply, that means that I am the writer for the marketing side of the magazine.

I love to read slightly older books—in fact, I sort of prefer it—and on top of that, I am a huge fan of lists (which makes me a great fit for Real Simple, no?). So I was thrilled when you picked The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark, as our book for May. The novel is #76 on Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels list, and I’ve been reading my way through the compilation ever since it appeared in 1998. (Favorites so far? The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton, and Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron. Seriously. Go out and get them now if you haven’t read them. Or at least go out after you finish Miss Jean Brodie.)

Miss Jean is a lean little book—my copy only has 137 pages—so this discussion will be a bit shorter than most. That said, here’s how we’ll set up our reading schedule:

Friday, May 13: Chapters 1 through 3 (pages 1 to 78 in my edition)

Friday, May 20: Chapters 4 through 6 (page 79 to the end)

Note that I’ll be out of the office next week, so if you have any questions or comments for me ahead of time, I’ll be able to answer them through April 29, and then can pick back up on May 9. (I’ll be on vacation. Guess what I’ll have in my bag for poolside reading?)

Until then, enjoy the book! I am hoping it’s juicy and funny and memorable. Looking forward to our discussion on May 13.

—Amy

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