Anatomy of a Scandal
Why this book?
This book is now a huge Netflix series but I’ve noticed the film version has attracted some negative press reviews. In my opinion, they’re missing the point – these characters are posh and entitled. They do outrageous things and get away with them. They are meant to be unpleasant. The sheer awfulness of what happens, as well as page-turner ingredients, provides themes for book clubs to discuss. When the book came out, the #metoo movement was at its height. The novel vividly shows the lasting impact on a woman's self-esteem when she’s preyed on by a powerful man. The characters are obnoxious but convincing. Readers get a fascinating, fictional glimpse inside the heads of men whose sense of entitlement is so embedded it skews their whole perspective on the world. Like the characters or loathe them, a book club could spend hours discussing how privilege bends a life and erases self-awareness.