Smart Bitches Book Club March Selection: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

It’s time for our March Book Club pick, and I am really excited for this one.

This month, we’re reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.

While the book was published in 1962 and is a much-loved classic, the new film version directed by Ava Duvernay comes out on March 7. So at the end of the month, we’ll be discussing both the book and the film, if you can make time to both read and go see it.

A Wrinkle in Time
A | BN | K | iB

If you’re not familiar with the book, please allow me to introduce it to you!

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal. It is the first book in The Time Quintet, which consists of A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.

You can find copies of this book everywhere ( A | BN | K | G | iB ), including at your local library, though the hold list has grown as the movie release gets closer.

This is the trailer that gave me head-to-toe goosebumps when I saw it, and both my kids are as eager as I am to watch the film.

So this month, we’ll read the book and, if possible, go see the movie, and gather to talk about both!

We have a chat date, too!

Sunday, March 25 at 8pm ET, we’ll be gathering to talk about everything! Mark your excellent calendars! 

Madeline L’Engle can’t join us, obviously, as she died years ago. I did invite Ava Duvernay, but understandably, her schedule was way too packed to join us – though I can’t even tell you how shocked and pleased I was to receive a reply from her team.

We are all terribly excited to explore this book this month. I hope you are as well, and I hope you can join us, in reading and in watching, and in discussing!

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