I left the Ruff Readers Book Club meeting this past Wednesday feeling grateful and wishing that I had brought my husband along. He could have taken notes because these readers were prepared. They came with their questions recorded in notebooks. I will admit to being impressed… and anxious. It’s been some time since I have read Autumn’s Grace (reviewing the galleys in April does not count as a read), so I was worried that I would not be able to answer their questions. We discussed palliative care, health care, sibling relationships and assisted suicide.
I had two questions for the group. The first one was: What did you take away from the book? I liked the answer: Hope. There is always a reason for hope. The next question was: Did you feel empowered by Autumn’s Grace? Their answer: No. A better word would be ‘enlightened’. I could not be happier; enlightenment is a stage on the way to empowerment. It makes me have hope for quality end of life care.
Thank you Ruff Readers for a fine evening of conversation.