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Party On, Readers! September 10, 2007

Posted by bookgoddess in Fiction, Reading, West Palm Beach Public Library.
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Why are parties such a good focus for a book?  Well, it’s a wonderful situation in which to bring together all the characters that you want to. 

Also, it generally is based on an occasion or event, so you have an important plot element right there.  

And the characters may let their hair down a bit – especially if there’s vino and veritas involved – and this may help the plot thicken.

It seems to me that parties are one of the things that make us human.  (I’m not aware of any animals that have parties, though I did have a cat that enjoyed them.)  No one has to have a party, really, and no one actually has to go.  It’s a choice that we make to gather with our fellow human beings, and celebrate something.  What a wonderful thing!

Do you like parties?  Whether you do or not, here’s a link to some wonderful books that feature celebrations: Party Fiction.  (Something for everyone, from Bel Canto by Ann Patchett to Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.  Really.  And not to forget Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos by Donna Andrews, which would be worth checking out for the title alone.)

And speaking of parties, don’t forget that the last Friday Night Jazz event of the season will be held this Friday, Sept. 14th, at the West Palm Beach Public Library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

All the best,

The Book Goddess

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