Category: Family drama

Crossing To Safety – Wallace Stegner

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A 1987 novel about the friendship between two couples and their entwined journeys through the pleasures and cruelty of life.  ✎ “There is no description that does this book justice. Ultimately it is a character study of two couples who are so expertly written…

The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The story of two brothers living in 1960s Calcutta. One becomes involved in the Naxalite movement and the other relocates to the US. ❖ “A multi-generational, epic Indian novel with politics (of both the country and family) at its heart. I loved…

We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A coming-of-age story about 10-year-old Darling’s journey out of Zimbabwe and into America. ❖ “Despite being a story of Zimbabwe’s trauma and desperation – and believe me there are some harrowing accounts in these pages – it is the cast of…

Flowers In The Attic – Virginia Andrews

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy Four children are locked in an attic for years by their mother so she may inherit her father’s wealth. ❖ “I can’t believe I put everyone through reading this book.  LADIES, I APOLOGISE. I chose it for bookclub as…

The Member Of The Wedding – Carson McCullers

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia Troubled teen and tomboy Frankie Addams becomes obsessed with her brother’s wedding plans as she seeks to become a member of something important. ❖ “There is a kind of awkwardness to this book which makes it uncomfortable but distinctive, too….

The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A satirical novel where two Jewish widowers reflect on their loves and losses and consider mis-directed acts of anti-Semitism. ☁ “Thoughts” – Suzy ☁ “There’s a bit of humour, a touch of reality and loveable characters here. A satisfying read but I…