Book Buddies’ Opener Features Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate

The Goodwin Book Club opened its Fall season with a discussion of my novel, Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate. Twenty of our group attended and the comments were provocative and insightful. Some examples: Was Clare so calm when Richard disappeared because she wasn’t sure she wanted him to come home? (This certainly never occurred to me.) Can a short book be considered a good book or is there some sort of minimum—more than 300 pages—before a book can be taken seriously? (Definitely not! Think of To Kill a Mockingbird or Heart of Darkness—not that Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate is in that league, but in literature, it’s content, not page count that matters.)

Our newest (and only male) member is Scot Haney, meteorologist for the local CBS affiliate, WFSB. Scot plugged our club and the book during his weather forecasts this past Wednesday and also in this segment from his afternoon show, Better Connecticut. Thank you, Scot! And welcome to the club.

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About Alexis

Alexis Rankin Popik, author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in The Berkshire Review and Potpourri Magazine. She has penned numerous articles about local history that have been published in Connecticut Explored and the University of Connecticut School of Law and The Hartford Seminary publications. A former union organizer, Popik traveled the country educating shipyard workers about health and safety and founded a labor-management health plan before turning to writing fiction full-time. She lives with her husband in New England.
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