The time traveler’s wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.
Snippets of time filled with highly charged emotions deliver us the life-long love story of Claire and Henry. This story highlights themes of deep, unconditional love, loss, loneliness, abandonment and grief. Complex characters and a love story spanning years from childhood to adulthood draw the reader into the world of time travel and lives lived in secret.
Claire and Henry have a unique love and a trust that many relationships never fully develop. But this is often overshadowed by the sudden departures and reappearances of Henry as he battles with his “gift”. The deep connection these two share isn’t without it’s issues. The time travel raises issues of loss, abandonment and ultimately grief.
It is a world unfamiliar and surreal to those of rational thought, yet the detail and development of the story line, transport the reader with Henry on his journeys and back into the arms of “his” Claire with ease.
This was a most enjoyable read, however, attention needs to be paid to the dates, times and ages of the travel. Made into a major motion picture starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, it made for the perfect prelude to a girls movie night.
Rating – 7/10
Read by – Cultcha Club Book Club
The iconic young adult vampire novel, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, celebrates its tenth anniversary. This special double-feature ‘flip’ book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, a retelling of Twilight with the characters’ genders swapped. In Life and Death, Edward has been changed to Edythe, while Bella is now Beau (for Team Jacob fans, Jacob has been turned to Julie). Reserve your copy to read now.
Did you love A brief history of seven killings? Why not read Marlon James’ previous novel, The book of night women, a sweeping, historical novel of Jamaican Slavery.
‘This is the story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. Even at her birth, the Night Women – a clandestine council of fierce slaves plotting an island-wide revolt – recognize a dark force in her that they treat with both reverence and fear. But as Lilith comes of age and begins to understand her own feelings and identity, she dares to push at the edges of what is imaginable for the life of a slave woman. And as rebellions simmer and unspoken jealousies intensify, Lilith’s powers and sense of purpose threaten not just her own destiny, but the destinies of all the slave women in Jamaica.’
The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest writing traditions in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world’s most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers. In 2015, The Man Booker Prize for Fiction Committee was chaired by Michael Wood with the other judges: Ellah Allfrey, John Burnside, Sam Leith and Frances Osborne.
The winner for 2015 is A brief history of seven killings by Marlon James. Reserve your copy of the winner and the shortlist now. The shortlist included 5 other tiles:
The Fisherman by Chigozie Obioma
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Satin Island by Tom McCarthy
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota
Orange is the new black by Piper Kerman
With her career, live-in boyfriend and loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the rebllious young woman who got mixed up with drug runners and delivered a suitcase of drug money to Europe over a decade ago. But when she least expexts it, her reckless past catches up with her; convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at an infamous women’s prison in Connecticut, Piper becomes inmate #1187-424. From her first strip search to her final release, she learns to navigate this trange world with its arbitrary rules and codes, its unpredictable, even dangerous relationships. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with tokens of generosity, hard truths and simple acts of acceptance. Now a major original televison series, Piper’s story is a fascinating, heartbreaking and often hilarious insight into life on the inside.
The United States has the highest number of people in prison in the whole world.
The author of the book was incarcerated for 15 months in a US prison after pleading guilty to drug0-related crime.
One reader was really surprised at how much she enjoyed the book. The insights into the US prison system were very interesting.
The book reviews were not good, but the book group found it a good read.
The writing is not in a classic style but it was easy to read and the group is glad to have read it.
Read by – The Second Tuesday Evening Book Group