Category: Contemporary fiction

Lessons – Ian McEwan

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie In a type of anti-memoir, McEwan has created Roland, a character who has lived the same years as him, observed the same global events and pondered the same questions about humanity and society. Roland has even lived in… Continue Reading “Lessons – Ian McEwan”

Bewilderment – Richard Powers

READ FOR BOOKERTHON An astrobiologist helps his neuro-divergent son understand our beautiful, imperilled planet ⫸ “Theo Byrne is an astrobiologist looking for life in space while also caring for his behaviourally challenged son, Robin. Theo’s wife, an environmental activist, has died in a car… Continue Reading “Bewilderment – Richard Powers”

Death In Her Hands – Otessa Moshfegh

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel An investigation of an elderly woman’s mental wanderings after finding a note referring to a murder. ⫸ “Vesta Gul is an expected Moshfegh character: a female loner with convoluted, dangerous thoughts. She is 72, living alone in the… Continue Reading “Death In Her Hands – Otessa Moshfegh”

Summerwater – Sarah Moss

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Twelve groups of people holiday on a Scottish loch, unaware of the tragedy that is about to unfold. Chosen by Jo “Apt for a loch setting, there is dark and mysterious element at work in Summerwater. Its title is a reference… Continue Reading “Summerwater – Sarah Moss”

Nothing To See – Pip Adam

Read for NZ Book Awards Peggy and Greta become sober, using a unique form of identity as a coping mechanism ⫸ “The lives of Peggy and Greta are detailed in three different decades in this book. In 1994 they are aged 24 and breaking… Continue Reading “Nothing To See – Pip Adam”

The Harpy – Megan Hunter

Chosen by Rachel A wife is permitted to hurt her husband three times after his affair is discovered. ⫸ “In Greek mythology a harpy is a half bird-half woman. As a bird of prey it has wide wings and sharp talons, yet the face… Continue Reading “The Harpy – Megan Hunter”

Bina: A Novel In Warnings – Anakana Schofield

Chosen by Jo A disillusioned woman in her 70s writes on the back of envelopes about her life, dedicating her story to all the women who have had enough. ⫸ “Anakana Schofield was quoted as saying literature does not exist only to provide pleasure.… Continue Reading “Bina: A Novel In Warnings – Anakana Schofield”

Lost Children Archive – Valeria Luiselli

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks A family’s road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border. ✚ “Lost Children Archive is not purely about immigrants crossing borders. More, it reflects on the histories of immigrants that have been lost… Continue Reading “Lost Children Archive – Valeria Luiselli”

The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sonya Four siblings learn of the date they will die, and find their adulthoods shaped by the knowledge ⚑ “I chose this book based on the synopsis, a story around the idea of knowing ones day of death and… Continue Reading “The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin”

2018 Bookerthon

The 2018 Man Booker shortlist was a surprise, with many followers declaring it an unusual list with glaring omissions. We, too, were shocked at who wasn’t present: Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward, Warlight by Michael Ondajtee, Crudo by Olivia Lang, Normal People by… Continue Reading “2018 Bookerthon”