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The Hivery Book Club: My Absolute Darling


Come gather with a group of women to discuss some of the most thought intriguing, conversation-inducing reads. Curated and led by Julie Carlucci, this casual book conversation is the perfect way to get involved, meet new people, and share. 

"Reading is a solitary act, an experience of interiority. To read a book is to burst the confines of one’s consciousness and enter another world. What happens when you read a book in the company of others? You enter its world together but see it in your own way; and it’s through sharing those differences of perception that the book group acquires its emotional power." - New York Times

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father. 

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. What follows is a harrowing story of bravery and redemption. With Turtle's escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, the reader watches, heart in throat, as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero--and in the process, becomes ours as well. 

Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting, My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

With its unconventional heroine and unflinching portrayal of an abused girl’s fight to save herself, My Absolute Darling seems poised to become the breakout debut of the year.
— The New York Times
My Absolute Darling is Gabriel Tallent’s first novel, and no less than Stephen King has called it a “masterpiece” to rank with To Kill A Mockingbird and Catch-22.
Our generation’s next beloved literary heroine....this is one of the most important books you’ll pick up this decade.
— Harper's Bazaar 

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Julie Carlucci brings over 15 years of general management experience to The Hivery as VP of Strategy and Operations. She has held executive marketing positions for Fortune 100 consumer package goods companies after graduating from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Julie specializes in new product development in both domestic and international markets and has worked in venture-funded as well as non-profit startups.

Julie also manages the Signed First Editions club at Book Passage and leads three different book discussions in Southern Marin.  She is passionate about all types of stories and celebrates the way they illuminate the human condition and bring people together.