Carole came up with a topic for ToT that had me searching through my book shelves. This is a difficult subject, as I rarely think about hanging out with characters from the books I read. I read to lose myself in other people's lives, in their times , and the places about which I know nothing, but wouldn't necessarily want to stay. I decided to go for some of the memorable characters from books I've read over the last few years in hopes of having an unpredictable evening.
1. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, the main character from the Louise Penny's Gamache series, one of my favorite characters of all time, as he is a very kind person.
2. and 3. Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird and if you don't know why, you haven't read the book. Yes, I'd like Atticus at the table, too.
4. August Boatright from The Secret Life of Bees because she is no nonsense and down to earth, but also has a magical quality about her.
5. Lily Bere from On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Berry because her story has never left me.
6. Aritomo because he created the garden in Garden of Evening Mists.
7. Ifemelu the main character Americanah because she's a complex character I would like to understand better. I also think she would add much to any dinner conversation.
8. Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind, because who doesn't want a rogue at the table.
9. Josefita (Tita) from Like Water for Chocolate, because she couldn't help but cook a passionate meal for us.
10. How do I introduce my last choice? This one may surprise you, but I think you'd all agree, Winnie-the-Pooh would be a wonderful character to invite to dinner because he'd bring the honey.