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I Capture the Castle: Part 3

Hi, Bookies: So our story finished, though without the neatly tied up conclusion I’d expected—and maybe you had too. Not that there wasn’t fair warning that things would blow up: On the very first page of Part 3, Dodie Smith wrote about the great storm clouds swirling around. And maybe it was the right, most plausible ending for these characters? […]

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I Capture the Castle: Part 2

Hi, Bookies: I’m going to tell you something that shows, I think, just how attached I’m getting to these characters: When Cassandra wrote that this would be her last time performing her beloved Midsummer Eve rites, I thought, Oh, no! Then I got really wistful for her passing childhood. And then I thought, um, Maura, this is fiction. 
But that’s […]

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I Capture the Castle: Part 1

Hi, Bookies: So what is it about second daughters that they make such great literary companions? I’m thinking about Elizabeth Bennet and Jo March, and now Cassandra Mortmain. I love her voice: smart and funny, pragmatic, and occasionally naive. When I first read that the book was told in diary form, I was a little hesitant. I don’t know what […]

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Hi, Everyone!

Hello, Bookies: So we get to close out 2010 together, though even as I type that I still can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that the year has blown by. I’m Maura Fritz, a deputy editor on RealSimple.com, and like Noelle and Kristin, I’m on my second go-around leading the club. Here on the site I have a […]

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