Ellie Stone is a lady reporter who is not afraid to turn over stones and repeatedly ask the hard questions in order to write the story and solve the mystery. From the first page of A Stone’s Throw by James Ziskin, her strength and determination are apparent. She is curious, observant, smart, and will not be taken advantage of. These characteristics are evident consistently throughout the story, as she asks the questions and puts herself in perilous situations.
Ellie is just one of the great characters in this book. Throughout, Mr. Ziskin builds characters that are like real people you might know. Characters with quirks and flaws, with virtuous and not-so-virtuous motivations. Characters who have relationships with each other and as you read, you are pulled into these relationships–you want to know more.
And you get more. This story has so many twists and turns that by the end, you are not sure who did what or why—until those last few pages and then it all comes together with another unexpected twist.
In addition to the people, there are the horses and the horse racing. A Stone’s Throw does a wonderful job of describing the horse racing world, from jockeys to forms, owners to bettors, and weaving it into the meat of the book. You walk away feeling like you were there, in that place and with those people.
I am writing to share an update on behalf of all of us at The Girly Book Club as we manage COVID-19. As we all know, the events of the past days and weeks have been unprecedented and our team continues to monitor and navigate this rapidly changing situation with the rest of the world.
At the GBC, we care deeply about doing what we can to keep our people and communities well – we are grounded in this intention, which makes difficult choices a little easier to make.
As a result, we have cancelled ALL of our global in-person monthly meetings for March. As a result, we will be holding a GLOBAL GBC Book Club, which we hope will appeal to our members far and wide (more info below.)
We’ll be honoring all tickets sold for March meetings and transferring them to April’s meetings or you can request a refund if you’d prefer.