This month in the book club we read Old Baggage by Lissa Evans. It’s a funny and bittersweet portrait of a woman who has never given up the fight for equality and the young women who are just discovering it. Here’s what Carin though of it:
I read an extract for Old Baggage online and wasn’t enthused by the prospect of reading it, but hitched up my big girl pants and waded in. Glad that I did. Mattie, infuriatingly blinkered at times but always well-meaning, proved to be a far more engaging and sympathetic character than she seemed at first blush.
The extremes between her insistent gung-ho pragmatism and rose-tinted naivety (about her brother and niece) were very revealing. Great character development across her entourage as well. The historical background was well-handled; it was detailed but not overdone and I even looked at some contemporary newspapers to find out more. The prequel is on my holiday reading list.