Book Club Selections for this month – December 2017
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Exit West | Mohsin Hamid
A timely new novel that explores the refugee crisis. In a country on the brink of civil war, two young people meet and fall in love. As the unrest explodes and violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide they must leave their homeland and their old lives behind. The book follows them as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past and to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly inventive, this is a powerful fantasy story of love, loyalty and courage.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE 2017 KIRKUS PRIZE
“A breathtaking novel…[that] arrives at an urgent time.” –NPR.org
“It was as if Hamid knew what was going to happen to America and the world, and gave us a road map to our future… At once terrifying and … oddly hopeful.” –Ayelet Waldman, The New York Times Book Review
Discussion Questions | Exit West
Island of Secrets | Patricia Wilson
Angelika, a 37-year-old London-born woman has been intrigued by the secret past of her mother, Poppy. Now planning her wedding, Angelika feels she must visit the remote Cretan village where Poppy grew up, despite her mother’s objections. Unbeknownst to Angie her elderly grandmother, Maria, is dying and wants to unburden herself of the terrible story of the time of the German occupation of Crete during the Second World War – of horror, of courage and of the lengths to which a mother will go to protect her children, and of how you learn to go on in the aftermath of tragedy. It is also the story of bitter secrets that broke the family apart, and of three enchanting women who come together to heal wounds that have damaged two generations.
‘The story started at dawn on the fourteenth of September, 1943….’
All her life, London-born Angelika has been intrigued by her mother’s secret past. Now planning her wedding, she feels she must visit the remote Crete village her mother grew up in.
Angie’s estranged elderly grandmother, Maria, is dying. She welcomes Angie with open arms – it’s time to unburden herself, and tell the story she’ll otherwise take to her grave.
It’s the story of the Nazi occupation of Crete during the Second World War, of horror, of courage and of the lengths to which a mother will go to protect her children. And it’s the story of bitter secrets that broke a family apart, and of three enchanting women who come together to heal wounds that have damaged two generations.
Discussion Questions | Islands of Secrets
Just for Fun Selection
One out of Two | Daniel Sada
The most distinctive thing about the Gamal sisters is that they are, essentially, indistinguishable (except for a modest mole). The twin spinsters spend their time trying to mask any perceptible differences they have while working hard at their thriving tailoring business in a small town in rural northern Mexico. When? Thirty years ago? Fifty years ago? Who can say-the world seems not to intrude on Ocampo very much.
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