BUtterfield 8 Read-N-Tweet

A couple of weeks ago I received an email about two upcoming Penguin Classics releases from John O’Hara. BUtterfield 8 immediately caught my eye. Earlier this year I was watching a program about Elizabeth Taylor’s career and I realized that I have never watched any of her movies. It was hard to forget BUtterfield 8. You know, with the slip and all…


It was right around the time of that program that I was reading Beautiful Ruins, so Ms. Taylor was on my brain. As much as that book and the show peaked my interest, my “I’ve got to watch this movie!” attention span has gotten a lot shorter over the years. The email from Penguin Classics was another reminder, but still it got lost until this evening when I opened my mail and pulled this out of its bubble wrapped envelop.

Cover of BUtterfield 8

Summary from the Publisher

The bestselling novel that became an Oscar-winning film starring Elizabeth Taylor about New York’s speakeasy generation.

A masterpiece of American fiction and a bestseller upon its publication in 1935, BUtterfield 8 lays bare with brash honesty the unspoken and often shocking truths that lurked beneath the surface of a society still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression. One Sunday morning, Gloria wakes up in a stranger’s apartment with nothing but a torn evening dress, stockings, and panties. When she steals a fur coat from the wardrobe to wear home, she unleashes a series of events that can only end in tragedy. Inspired by true events, this novel caused a sensation on its publication for its frank depiction of the relationship between a wild and beautiful young woman and a respectable, married man.

This probably should have occurred to me immediately, but sometimes you need to be in just the right place. BUtterfield 8 has all the makings of a wonderful book and movie read-n-tweet. It’s been too long since I’ve hosted one of those events and I’ve recently been having withdrawals. If you’re like me and are interested in reading the book and then watching the movie, I’d love for you to join me. 

Using the hashtag #BUtterfield8, here’s the schedule I have in mind:

Reading: Between September 3rd and 20th, read the book at your own pace.
Twitter Discussion & Movie : Saturday, September 21st with a discussion at 9:30pm followed by the movie at 10pm EST.

If you don’t already have a copy of the book, the Penguin Classics edition of BUtterfield 8 will be published on September 3rd. It’s also available as an eBook edition and, if your public library is anything like mine, you’ll find both the book and the movie are in circulation.

If you’re interested in joining me, let me know in the comments. I have high hopes that this book will be an excellent way to kick off the fall reading season.


  • At 2013.08.27 05:31, tanya said:

    What a great idea! Butterfield 8 is one of my dad’s favorite movies (he’s not a reader), but maybe i could convince him to this with me!! Family bonding at it’s best.

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    • At 2013.08.27 08:32, Literate Housewife said:

      No problem! Those who’d like to join in for the movie are more than welcome. I am really looking forward to it. I’m so glad you’re interested. What’s your Twitter handle?

    • At 2013.08.27 08:35, Ellison Weist said:

      What a great idea! I adore John O’Hara (even if the man was a bit of a snake) and will consider re-reading the book. My mother-in-law (she who is the cross stitch queen) is in town on the 21st but perhaps I can convince her to watch movie with me. So count me in. Hopefully.

      For readers who enjoy this Butterfield 8, I highly recommend two other O’Hara books: LAST APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA and FROM THE TERRACE.

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      • At 2013.08.30 13:15, Jennifer said:

        I hope I love BUtterfield 8 because those others sound really good, too. I hope your MIL joins us.

        I don’t know why it is, but I’m more open to give male authors a pass for being a snake more than any other kind of man. Why is that I wonder?

      • At 2013.08.28 21:37, dogearedcopy/Tanya said:

        YAY! A book-and-movie deal! After scrounging around the stacks and discovering that the only John O’Hara novel I had was NIGHT AT SAMARA, I dnloaded the eBook this morning! I’ll probably jump the gun a little but and start reading it over the week-end 🙂

        • At 2013.08.30 13:17, Jennifer said:

          I’m so glad to have another of these on the horizon. Once a month got to be too much for me, but maybe every other month would be a good idea. Perhaps it can even be a topic of discussion during our Twitter viewing party next month. Which book/movie should we pick next? Of course this reminds me of the North and South read-n-tweet I’ve been thinking about. Maybe that should be next.

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