Category: Family drama

Blindsight – Maurice Gee

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo The lives of Alice Ferry, a retired Wellington scientist, and her brother Gordon take divergent paths. ◉ “Gee gradually unravels this story building the tension effortlessly as we learn about the siblings’ history, start to understand the nature…

As The Earth Turns Silver – Alison Wong

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo The story and struggles of two entwined settler families in early 20th-Century NZ, one English, the other Chinese. ◉ “As The Earth Turns Silver has all the hallmarks of a classic Kiwi novel, yet it focuses on a…

Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien

READ FOR BOOKERTHON From inside an extended family in China, Do Not Say We Have Nothing examines two of the most important political moments of the past century. ➤ “This is historical fiction written authentically and beautifully, and as twee as it sounds I feel…

Hot Milk – Deborah Levy

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Sofia, a young anthropologist, spends much of her life trying to solve the mystery of her mother’s unexplainable illness. ➤ “Hot Milk has that kind of pleasantness about it that makes it neither beautiful enough to be outstanding, nor horrible enough to be outstanding….

A Spool Of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The lives of four generations of Whitshanks unfold in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.  ❍ “Though this is Tyler’s 20th (and apparently her last) novel, it’s the first of hers I’ve read….

On Beauty – Zadie Smith

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia Based on E M Forster’s Howards End, this book follows the lives of a mixed race US family, addressing ethnic and cultural differences. ✎ “While a fantastic book in its own regard, On Beauty‘s nod to E M Forster’s classic provides…

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Rosemary Cooke discovers the awful truth about her sister who was sent away aged five. A difficult book to summarise without giving away the plot! ✎ “This is not what I expected from Fowler at all, and it really is impossible to talk…