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Halibut On The Moon – David Vann

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A suicidal man visits his family in California before deciding his fate. ✚ “My previous experience of David Vann was of the book Goat Mountain, which both freaked me out and captivated me. I wanted to recommend it to… Continue Reading “Halibut On The Moon – David Vann”

Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A romantic, 1960s coming-of-age story recaptures a young man’s first, hopeless, and heroic love. ✚ “Norwegian Wood is the book that made Haruki Murakami famous. Which some would say is surprising considering it is a move away from… Continue Reading “Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami”

The Man Who Saw Everything – Deborah Levy

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A man who is hit by a vehicle on Abbey Road represents the difficulty of seeing oneself and others clearly. ✚ “In the opening pages of The Man Who Saw Everything, Saul Adler, a young historian, steps onto… Continue Reading “The Man Who Saw Everything – Deborah Levy”

2020 – Narrative direction

A novel must contain many things to hold the reader’s attention: compelling plot, relatable characters and distinct settings. But another, sometimes underrated, feature is narrative direction. It can be overstated for purpose, or discreet so as not to be obtrusive, but narration is usually… Continue Reading “2020 – Narrative direction”

2019 – End Of Year Thoughts

Overcoming adversity is an effective literary theme, creating controversy and hope and edge-of-your-seat dynamics. It is also an apt reflection of the real world. Looking back over our reading list in 2019, it’s easy to see how overcoming adversity dominated the featured titles. From… Continue Reading “2019 – End Of Year Thoughts”

Dogside Story – Patricia Grace

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo Conflict in a North Island whanau means one man must reveal a great secret. ⚑ “Considered one of NZ writer Patricia Grace’s masterpieces, Dogside Story presents a portrait of Maori: their powerful connections to the land, ocean and… Continue Reading “Dogside Story – Patricia Grace”

Quichotte – Salman Rushdie

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A modern re-write of Don Quixote that broaches traditional elements as well as the current state of the world.  ⚑ “Confession time: I have not read Don Quixote. While I know the premise I don’t know its intricates nor how cleverly… Continue Reading “Quichotte – Salman Rushdie”

10 Minutes & 38 Seconds In This Strange World – Elif Shafak

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A dying prostitute’s brain lives on for 10 minutes & 38 seconds during which it recalls her life’s troubles. ⚑ “Tequila Leila is a Turkish woman with a traditional but disturbing upbringing and a adulthood full of expectations and sadness. It… Continue Reading “10 Minutes & 38 Seconds In This Strange World – Elif Shafak”

LaRose – Louise Erdrich

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A man offers his son to another couple after accidentally shooting their child “Landreaux Iron is a native American man who accidentally shoots his wife’s half-sister’s son while hunting. As means of reparation, Landreaux and his wife Emmaline… Continue Reading “LaRose – Louise Erdrich”

Less – Andrew Sean Greer

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks A 50-year-old failed novelist avoids his ex’s wedding by attending a series of obscure literary events “There are two important facts any potential reader should know about this book: 1. The author – a gay, middle-aged, white man… Continue Reading “Less – Andrew Sean Greer”