Two Steps Forward is a story by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist that is told from two seperate points of view: an artist and mother dealing with her husband’s recent death and an engineer dealing with a recent divorce. These two people who are in the middle of their lives start off on a journey to find themselves along the Camino de Santiago, a centuries-old spiritual pilgrim route that often starts in France and ends in Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. While they started out separately, their journeys quickly became intertwined.
I read this book not knowing what it was about and came out wanting to walk the Chemin (another name for the pilgrimage). I loved that there were two different authors for the separate characters– it really provided a clarity to the two voices and created more well-rounded perspectives throughout the plot of the story. The side characters—especially the people they met along the pilgrimage—were extremely entertaining and provided for a more interesting depth to the protagonists. Honestly, I think about the story lines a few times a week and I’m excited to read it again. This has become one of my favorite books and I would definitely suggest the Girly Book Club read it for one our monthly books. It’s the perfect book to go to if you’re dreaming of traveling the world and making a change. Not only will this book fulfill those needs, but it has the ability to inspire new dreams you never thought you could have. Also, the characters are a little bit older—their children are grown and they’re looking to be fulfilled themselves. I think this sets a good precedent for people in that time frame of life to show them that a new time in their life is just beginning and it’s something they can enjoy and explore.
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.