Kelly Slater, a member of the Forestville Book Club, is embroiled in controversy with members of the club.
The club is reading Gravity’s Rainbow, a dark and sinister novel by Thomas Pincheon. However, following their meeting one week ago, they agreed to read two chapters during the week but Miss Slater read ahead of the group and completed four chapters.
A number of influential members became livid and condemned her reading even threatening to take her bookmark and reading lamp. Mary Leshin, President of the Forestville Book Club told members via email, “We are taking this infraction seriously and will take action, if necessary.”
The next day though the club convened in an executive session and recommended that she be forced to read silently the next time the group met. Slater recused herself from the session and later, after hearing of the disciplinary action, called the group a bunch of schoolmarms and similar salty adjectives.
Miss Slater said she did not understand their autocratic style and is thinking of leaving the book club to start her own.