Sure, romantic love is great. But does it really sustain us, transform us, and make us feel seen the way true friendship does? Our January Spotlight Pick, Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce, is a warm, wild adventure that follows two spirited women on a journey to the edge of the earth.
In London, 1950, schoolteacher Margery Benson decides on a whim to quit her job and set off on an expedition to New Caledonia in search of a golden beetle . . . which may or may not exist. When her search for an assistant yields the last person she had in mind—fun-loving, endlessly chatty Enid Pretty—they must find a way to work together to survive on the other side of the world. And as their adventure unfolds, they’ll find so much more than just that.
Join us for a Zoom Happy Hour on Tuesday, January 26 at 7:30pm ET, with a special guest appearance from author Rachel Joyce. There’s so much to discuss about life’s alternate paths and the truths we bury deep in our hearts.
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