November Meeting

For our book club meeting on Fri 10 Nov, we read Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.

Jacket Synopsis:
Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles.

Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have been murdered.

October Meeting

For our meeting on Fri 13 Oct, we read Midwinter Break by Bernard McLaverty.

Jacket Synopsis:
A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship seems safe, easy, familiar – but over the course of the four days we discover the deep uncertainties which exist between them.

Gerry, once an architect, is forgetful and set in his ways. Stella is tired of his lifestyle, worried about their marriage and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith. Things are not helped by memories which have begun to resurface of a troubled time in their native Ireland. As their midwinter break comes to an end, we understand how far apart they are – and can only watch as they struggle to save themselves.

January Meeting

For our book club meeting on Fri 13 Jan, we read Autumn by Ali Smith and Nothing On Earth by Conor O’Callaghan.

Autumn

Jacket Synopsis – Autumn:
Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That’s what it felt like for Keats in 1819. How about Autumn 2016?

Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand in hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever.


 Jacket Synopsis – Nothing On Earth:Nothing On Earth
A frightened girl bangs on a door. A man answers. From the moment he invites her in, his world will never be the same again.

She tells him about her family, and their strange life in the show home of an abandoned housing estate. The long, blistering days spent sunbathing; the airless nights filled with inexplicable noises; the words that appear on the windows, written in dust.

Where is her family now? Is she telling the truth? Can the man be trusted? Beautiful and disturbing, her story – retold in his words – reaches towards those frayed edges of reality where each of us, if only once, glimpses something nobody will ever explain.

December Meeting

For our book club meeting on Fri 2 December, we read Days Without End by Sebastian Barry.Days Without End

Jacket Synopsis:
After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War. Having fled terrible hardships they find these days to be vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in.

November Meeting

SelloutFor our book club meeting on Fri 4 November, members read their choice from the Man Booker Shortlist.

Shortlisted books were –

Paul Beatty (US), The Sellout

Deborah Levy (UK), Hot Milk

Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK), His Bloody Project

Ottessa Moshfegh (US), Eileen

David Szalay (Canada-UK), All That Man Is

Madeleine Thien (Canada), Do Not Say We Have Nothing

October Meeting

Our book club took a break in October in order to read a selection from the Man Booker Shortlist. This selection was then discussed in our November Meeting.Do Not Say We Have Nothing

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