Joy for Beginners, Ava
As we near the end of this season’s book selection, we meet Ava. One of Kate’s most longstanding friends, Ava could not bring herself to be physically present with Kate as she fought breast cancer. Ava relates to the world through her sense of smell – the first of our human senses to develop and as such the most primal of our five senses. Ava lost her mother to breast cancer; a memory that is deeply held within Ava’s highly developed olfactory sense. Ava and the other women initially see Ava’s given challenge as punishment for not coming to Kate during her time of need; Kate says it is not punishment but rather a way to bring Ava home. For Ava, the task of doing a three-day walk for breast cancer awareness brings an opportunity to face and move past painful memories.
Do you think that the experience of losing her mother early in life caused Ava to “get stuck” in the development of her senses? In a sense, Ava never moved beyond the most basic of senses – do you think that losing her mother so early was the impetus for this?
How would you react if one of your closest friends was not there for you when you were facing a major life challenge? Would you be able to forgive them and maintain the friendship?
We’ll be concluding this season’s book club together in person with a casual luncheon and enchilada class with Glen Ivy’s Executive Chef Bill Wavrin this Sunday, November 20th at Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona. The Book Club Spa Day Package includes spa admission, Chef Bill’s class, lunch and the book club discussion all for $75. Those in the Orange County area can enjoy a special book club get together at our Brea Day Spa location on Wednesday, November 30th – this get-together will include special event savings on treatments and a light spa snack to enjoy as we discuss the book together.
Please call 888-GLEN IVY to reserve your space.