BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS
THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!
THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!
MY BOOK BEGINNING
The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. Much more efficacious are honest work, physical activity, and the sudden acquisition of wealth.
- Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers. This is the seventh novel featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey and the second with Harriet Vane.
Good advice, Ms. Sayers!
As you can see from my picture, I started this book over a martini. I wanted that drink last night, after spending a long day in bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware for “first day motions” in the Boy Scouts of America’s bankruptcy case.
Who would think the Boy Scouts would go bankrupt! No, it isn’t going out of business. It is doing what so many Catholic Archdiocese and USA Gymnastics have done and filed a “reorganization” bankruptcy to move assets and get a deadline on when survivors can bring sex abuse claims against it.
I was there because I represent survivors of child sex abuse. My clients are adults who were sexually abused when they were kids – in schools, churches, and groups like the Boy Scouts. We have lots of lawsuits against BSA right now and all of them are now going to move into the bankruptcy case. I was on NPR's The Takeaway yesterday talking about what the bankruptcy means to survivors, including my clients - you can listen to the short clip here to learn more.
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YOUR BOOK BEGINNING
TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.
MY FRIDAY 56
Harriet rang the bell and, stepping out into the corridor, caught the waiter and asked for a stiff whisky-and-soda.I get it Harriet. I get it.
Wow, I just heard about the Boy Scouts on the radio today. That is some stressful work you are doing but also, fantastic work. Go you!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Bea! We knew it was coming but it is still a whirlwind.Delete
Well done - what a stressful time. That bankruptcy case sounds such a get out for the BSA.ReplyDelete
I like Sayers' books and I think this one is so good, I hope you're enjoying it,
Thanks Margaret. The bankruptcy is going to be a challenge!Delete
This is one of my favorite Sayers' books so far. I'm reading them in order. I loved Clouds of Witness and Strong Poison. I just finished Five Red Herrings and thought it was a bit of a slog. Too many train schedules!
That is good advice! Made me chuckle. I hope that you love this one. :)ReplyDelete
It's a great opening, I agree! Harriet Vane is an excellent protagonist.Delete
I second the whole wealth healing a broken heart thing! what a great opening. This sounds like an interesting read.ReplyDelete
Good advice, good opening, great book!Delete
That's very stressful. I think a martini was definitely needed.ReplyDelete
I never read any of Sayers' books, but I've been wanting to.
The martini hit the spot, for sure!Delete
I love vintage mysteries and Sayers' are particularly witty, so are my favorites.
I quite like that advice too!ReplyDelete
I saw your name in the Los Angeles Times when the bankruptcy story broke. While on one hand it is good they are feeling consequences, it is not so good for the victims who now have yet another hurdle (and more waiting) before they get some sort of justice. Although, from what you've said, it doesn't sound like a consequence, but rather a maneuver on the organization's part to regain some control over the situation. I am grateful for the work you do.
Have a great weekend, Gillion.
Thank you, Wendy! I appreciate your words of support. The bankruptcy is a mixed bag. It will let survivors seek compensation. But it is frustrating for many of them because it forces them to do it on BSA's timeline and in the bankruptcy case, instead of when and where the victims choose to pursue a claim. And it is frustrating because the focus is only on compensation and BSA's assets, instead of on accountability and disclosure. There are pros and cons.Delete
I hope you are having a good weekend too!
Good advice indeed, Ms. Sayers! My Friday QuotesReplyDelete
I concur! Thanks for sharing your post!Delete
Good snippets! I added you to the linky but hope you pop by for our memeversary! Happy weekend!ReplyDelete
Thanks! Happy memeversary! I will stop by now that I don't have to get ready for trial this weekend.Delete
Hope you'll enjoy your latest read and that it will help you de-stress.ReplyDelete
Thanks Nicki! A good book always helps me relax, for sure!ReplyDelete
Saw what was happening in your Instagram post. So sad. Hope the wisdom of Dorothy Sayers is a good antidote.ReplyDelete