“It would be ten years before they saw each other again, and their meeting would be thick with birds.”
This Delve will explore female friendship, as written by women writers, through both a fiction and nonfiction lens. These friendships are complex and nuanced, sometimes ugly, sometimes enduring, and sometimes one of the most significant relationships of a lifetime. Through Toni Morrison’s beautiful and stirring Sula and Nel, Hungarian writer Szabo’s unlikely relationship between a woman and her housekeeper in The Door, and Ann Patchett’s exploration of her 20-year long friendship with writer Lucy Grealy, we will explore different paradigms of these relationships across time and culture.
Truth and Beauty, Ann Patchett
Sula, Toni Morrison
The Door, Magda Szabo
First assignment: Participants should read Truth and Beauty before first meeting-