Book clubs that read Lilac Girls have done some incredible things to celebrate the novel, but this book club from Boca Raton, Florida went above and beyond.
Joanna Jendroska who was born and raised in Legnica, Poland and moved to New York when she was 18 hosted the club’s Lilac Girls discussion last Saturday. Joanna (center in group shot above) made potato-cheese pierogi and nelsniki with cheese and mushrooms, served makowiec for dessert and even dyed her hair with lavender highlights.
She made a challenging Lilac Girls trivia game, decorated her home with photos and information about the book characters and the Holly Hollon maps of Lublin, Poland and New York. Best of all she officiated over a “casting director” game where book club members voted for who would best portray Kasia, Caroline and Herta on screen. (below) I think they made great, unexpected casting choices.
In Joanna’s words: “I put a lot of effort into making this book club meeting a memorable experience for all of the women involved and did my best in trying to honor the memory of ‘the rabbits’ and I feel like I will always do everything to make their story heard.”
Love the way they recreated the book cover, arm-in-arm, too. Lilac Girls readers are the best.