A super turn out for the September book club where, over the obligatory wine and calamari, we discussed This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. Welcome to our newcomer of the month, Sophia. I hope that we didn’t scare you off and we’d all love to have you back next month!
Generally we liked the book (Kelly DiN, you’re safe for another month) as a quick , entertaining read. A number of us felt that it was written as a screenplay (which is just as well, I suppose, since it’s been made into a film)
Overall, there were a good number of characters to get our teeth into. Philip was the most fun, Wendy was bitter and uninteresting, Tracy was a glutton for punishment. When asked who the group identified with the most, the best answer was “the dead guy”.
It was noted that, as narrator, Judd controlled the way in which the reader felt about most of the characters – this could be a reason that Jen, although at first was generally unlikeable, grew on you gradually. A lot of the group felt that Paul was a walking crisis of masculinity. He was working in his dad’s company, wasn’t able to get his wife pregnant, and lost his career due to his own machismo.
And everyone loved Horry. Of course.
Overall, the ending was ambiguous, hopeful, impulsive, decisive, open, and “very American” A trip to the cinema is in the offing.
Anyway! This month, we’re reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEY’S WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2014.
From the award-winning author of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun,’ a powerful story of love, race and identity.
As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.
Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?
Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning ‘Americanah’ is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalized world.