I like what you've had to say, Styyna!
I tend to agree, the girls are written to represent their label of first child, middle child, baby...within the text.
I haven't noticed anything about the sisters and their books, other than the fact that they are all always reading one, that their tastes are rather indiscriminate (they pick up and read whatever is near their fingertips, it seems) and I think that the parents have been intentionally placed in the background.
I stopped reading at chapter 12 but will pick up on it again. I hope to finish by next Wednesday but man, these are some long chapters! Personally I would love it if we could read only four or five of them by Wednesday and discuss, rather than reading the entire book. I am feeling a bit rushed. However, whatever you all decide is fine by me.
I was wondering if you had any predictions. Will the mother survive her subsequent surgeries and chemo? Up to chapter 12 we are told that the mother has lymph node involvement and that the mastectomy was not the end of the road for her. Will the family be happy about Cordy being pregnant? Do you think she will wind up with the guy at the Beanery?
I am hoping that the ending will not be what I expect, where the mother dies and Cordy has the baby and marries the Beanery man and they name the baby, a girl, a Shakespearian name, LOL. Oh, and Rose doesn't marry Jonathan and Bean becomes the perfect Pastor's wife. What do you think?