Friday, February 27, 2015

My Real Children by Jo Walton

I added My Real Children to my library hold list because I joined an in real life book club and this is what they picked. I did enjoy the other Walton book I read (Tooth and Claw) so I was looking forward to reading more of her books. I really enjoyed My Real Children and was sad to finish it.

It's 2015 and Patricia is in her upper 90's. She lives in an assisted living facility. She remembers two distinct lives. One where she was married Mark and had 4 children. And another life where she married Bee and had 3 children. As she reminisces she finds the point where her lives diverged. I found Patricia's lives fascinating and how each differed so much.

I think this is an excellent choice for a book club. What choice would you make that would radically alter your life? How would those choices ripple out and effect others? At the end of your life which life would you rather have? One with a more peaceful world but less personal happiness or one with intense personal happiness but more global problems (war, nuclear fallout)? All for very interesting discussion. Others who shared their thoughts on My Real Children: The Literary Omnivore, things mean a lot, and True Review.


  1. I want to try a Walton book one day

  2. Hope you guys had a good discussion--it certainly sounds like there is a ton to talk about and the premise sounds really interesting. I miss having an IRL bookclub (or any book club) to chat with books.


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