This group reads and discusses international fiction.
Mezzanine Meeting Room
January 22: Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon
This selection traces the extraordinary journey of 25 year old Johan, a North Korean refugee, who, after the Korean War, seeks a new life in Brazil. Reviewers describe Snow Hunters as a subtle, elegant, and poignant novel.
February 26: Revolution Baby by Joanna Gruda
Gruda, born in Poland, now lives in Canada. The story is set in Poland and France from the Russian Revolution through World War II. We follow the challenges faced by the invincible 14 year old boy, Julek, modeled after the author's father. This is not a sad tale. Rather it is a lesson in resilience and optimism.
March 19: Boundaries by Elizabeth Nunez
This is a spirited story of Anna Sinclair, a Trinidadian American book editor working in the New York publishing world and caring for aging parents at their island home. Nunez explores ways in which the emotional, professional, and social toll is further impacted when one has feet in two worlds.
April 16: Please Look After Mother by Kyung-Sook Shin
Shin's powerful novel won the Man Asian literary prize and sold two million copies in South Korea. Its' constant motif is in contrasting the mother's rural, hands-on family-centric life with the modern, soulless city lives that her children have chosen.
May 28: The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Toibin
This acclaimed Irish novelist portrays three generations of strong independent women confronting their strengths and vulnerabilities together in a crumbing house by the sea. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.