Category: Literary fiction

The Lying Life of Adults – Elena Ferrante

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Teenager Giovanni learns about the lies adults are capable of ❝ Giovanni is a 13 year old living in Naples. One day she overhears her father compare her to her Aunt Vittoria, a woman the whole family despises. Hurt but also… Continue Reading “The Lying Life of Adults – Elena Ferrante”

Kurangaituku – Whiti Hereaka

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A contemporary retelling of traditional Māori folklore. ❝ Kurangaituku is the story of Hatupatu told from the perspective of Kurangaituku, the bird woman. The traditional story is told from the view of Hatupatu. He is out hunting and is captured by the bird… Continue Reading “Kurangaituku – Whiti Hereaka”

Crossroads – Jonathan Franzen

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy All members of a clergy family find themselves at a crossroads of life ❝ The Hilderbrandts are a clery family from New Prospect, Illinois. The minister father heads a youth group named Crossroads, yet this reference also pertains… Continue Reading “Crossroads – Jonathan Franzen”

Entanglement – Bryan Walpert

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A time traveller attempts to return to the right point of his past to correct a mistake ❝Time and perspective are indeed entangled in this novel. Paul’s actions and recollections are scattered throughout the book, reported in three different… Continue Reading “Entanglement – Bryan Walpert”

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”

A Good Winter – Gigi Fenster

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Olga becomes obsessed with a friend’s family under the guise of helping out during a crisis ❝  Olga is an older woman who has taken on the role of carer to her friend Lara, Lara’s grieving daughter Sophie and… Continue Reading “A Good Winter – Gigi Fenster”

2022 – Reading Culture

As an environment where reading is championed and valued, bookclubs provide an encouraging culture of shared learning; of the ability to understand a reality other than our own. Establishing culture is not only an important basis of book clubs but books too, for stories… Continue Reading “2022 – Reading Culture”

The Fortune Men – Nadifa Mohamed

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A novelised account of the real events of the a Somali man in Cardiff prison. ⫸ “Set in 1952 in Cardiff, The Fortune Men details the real events surrounding the wrongful imprisonment of Mahmood Mattan, a Somali seaman. False witness accounts and racist… Continue Reading “The Fortune Men – Nadifa Mohamed”

A Passage North – Anuk Arudpragasam

READ FOR BOOKERTHON ⫸ “I am in NO position to be saying the things I’m about to say as, well, it’s not like I have had a book shortlisted for the Booker Prize: I really like books that have interwoven fiction and non-fiction –… Continue Reading “A Passage North – Anuk Arudpragasam”

No One Is Talking About This – Patricia Lockwood

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A woman with new online prominence grapples with the reality of the cyber world and real life ⫸ “The internet, referred to as ‘the portal’, is given a life of itself in this novel, a place where the unnamed protagonist is… Continue Reading “No One Is Talking About This – Patricia Lockwood”