For only the second time since we started our monthly brunch book club, Jenn (Lost in a Great Book) and I turned this month’s Brunch Book Club into dinner instead due to our hectic October schedule. Dining at the delicious (and quick!) Momofuku inside the gorgeous Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto, we had a quick discussion about our September read of Sutton before zooming off to another book event. As usual, since this is a wrap-up discussion post, be forewarned of spoilers!
We both really enjoyed Sutton, and loved how the Reporter and Photographer were never given names. They were integral enough to have capitalized job names, but otherwise, in Willie Sutton’s life, that was it. Many other characters were like that too, which was a great indicator of the level of importance in his life, I’d say. The revelation of Willie meeting the grand daughter was startling and made us rethink everything that we had read up until that point. It was a brilliantly used twist on Moehringer’s part to throw that in so close to the end and make the reader second guess every story that Willie had told up until then.
Jenn and I both wanted more, and wanted to know more of what was the real portions of the story. There was a lot of potential to have many more tangents explored and it’s an interesting way to showcase this figure in history by giving a relatively narrow account of his life. We wanted to know more about all the other times he was apparently married, and the daughter he apparently had. As Jenn brought up, there’s the well known idiom: There’s 3 sides to every story – your’s, their’s and the truth.
Neither of us had read Moehringer’s other (non-fiction) book yet but I recall Kate (@kateplummer) had really liked The Tender Bar. Overall, we liked Sutton and was glad that we finally got around to reading it. Both of us adore the cover and I feel like this could have potential to be turned into a movie one day…
Will you be joining us for our October read of Ready Player One?