In the novel, author Brian Francis inhabits the mind of an elderly woman who remembers her life in episodes dealing with her son’s sexuality and the constraints of small-town society in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Key to the narrative is a compelling commentary on how we treat seniors in our society.
Natural Order is beautifully written, serious while at the same time, really funny.
Join the Tuesday Philosophy Club for a discussion on the meaning and philosophy of old age as understood by thinkers such as Plato, Heidegger, Buddha and others, and consider their philosophical insights to gain a better understanding of Joyce Sparks’ life journey.
A person's sexual orientation or gender identity can lead to abuse in the form of discrimination, violence, imprisonment, torture, or even execution, and these abuses are all illegal under international human rights law. Amnesty International works to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals by shining a light on rights abuses, calling for policy change, and working to protect LGBTI human rights defenders. Amnesty International considers anyone imprisoned solely because of homosexuality to be prisoners of conscience who should be immediately and unconditionally released.
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destroyed.” (p. 11) Do you think that Joyce is being fair to herself? Why/why not? Does she find redemption?
“Sometimes, I’m not sure if my life happened the way I remember it, and there’s no one left to verify the facts.” (p. 10) Do you consider Joyce to be a trustworthy narrator? How might the story have been different if told through the eyes of another character?
“Things either happened before or after John’s death. The world was cleaved in two.” (p. 327) Have you had an experience that marked your own life like that?