It has come to my attention that the July selection of Imaginary Summer Book Club, No Bed of Her Own By Val Lewton is hard to come by, and despite having been reissued in 2006, cost-prohibitive to obtain. In light of that I propose…
1. The book is available on Amazon UK, and there are currently used copies available for the equivalent of a few US-dollars.
2. And for those of us looking for a more library-friendly solution, I am delighted to announce the first-ever Imaginary Summer Book Club alternate/bonus selection!
Jaws By Peter Benchley (July)
Ok, I know what you’re thinking: “Jaws was a book???” Or maybe: “How is this a Classic of Women’s Literature Defined as being By, About or Widely-Read by Women in the 20th Century???”
You’re going to have to trust me on this one, starting by putting all memory of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 blockbuster out of your mind (I know, it’s hard). Also, you have to ignore the cover art, as resplendent as it is.
Jaws, the novel, is about sex, class, small-town politics, adultery, systemic poverty, marital discontent, gossip, the precarious nature of a leisure-based economy and crises of masculinity. It’s basically a Peyton Place for the 1970s, with a giant shark thrown in as an afterthought!
You can look forward to discussing both “July” Imaginary Book Club Selections, No Bed of Her Own and Jaws in the coming months!