Category: Family drama

Oh William! – Elizabeth Strout

READ FOR BOOKERTHON ❝ Oh, William! is a story about Lucy Barton’s relationships, especially her time with her ex-husband William. While they are no longer together as a couple they still see each other regularly and often reflect on their shared experiences.  The triumph of… Continue Reading “Oh William! – Elizabeth Strout”

Greta & Valdin – Rebecca K Reilly

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Gay, Maori/Russian siblings seek love, life and understanding from the contemporary world ❝ Greta and Valdin are brother and sister, both gay, with mixed heritages and living together in Auckland attempting to navigate life and all its triumphs and… Continue Reading “Greta & Valdin – Rebecca K Reilly”

The Matriarch – Witi Ihimaera

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A man studies his grandmother, the matriarch of the family, to discover the source of her power ❝ Tama Mahana is a grown man analysing the mystique and ambition of his grandmother, the matriarch of his family. But… Continue Reading “The Matriarch – Witi Ihimaera”

The Promise – Damon Galgut

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The lives and deaths of a white South African family, and a promise made to their black housekeeper ⫸ “When Rachel, a 40-year-old white South African dies in 1986, her country is transitioning out of apartheid. The subsequent decline of the… Continue Reading “The Promise – Damon Galgut”

American Dirt – Jeanine Cummins

READ FOR BOOCKLUB Chosen by Becks Mexican Lydia and her son Luca are on the run from Cartel hitmen. ✚ “The interesting part of American Dirt is not only the content, but how the content was received. “Before it was finished several publishing houses… Continue Reading “American Dirt – Jeanine Cummins”

Auē – Becky Manawatu

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Auē is about the struggles to escape a life of violence  ✚ “A young man called Tauriki decides to undertake a quest to locate his birth mother. Responsible for his orphaned half brother Ārama, he entrusts the boy’s care to an… Continue Reading “Auē – Becky Manawatu”

Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie A marshland recluse becomes tied up in a 1960s murder mystery, set in North Carolina  ⚑ “In the isolated marshlands of North Carolina, a young orphan named Kya lives alone, with only the local flora and fauna from… Continue Reading “Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens”

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”

Sing Unburied Sing – Jesmyn Ward

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle; the archetypal road novel is transformed for twenty-first-century America ⚑ “Sing Unburied Sing was the first novel I have read featuring ghosts and Southern… Continue Reading “Sing Unburied Sing – Jesmyn Ward”

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie The story of life for Koreans in Japan, told through four generations and eight decades. ➽ “I found Pachinko a deeply engrossing story about the burdens of a Korean family living as immigrants  in Japan during the 20th… Continue Reading “Pachinko – Min Jin Lee”