Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Book we have Read so far this year - May 2016

January. We discussed To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman both by the late Harper Lee.
To Kill A Mockingbid is a true classic but also a very good story and plot about racism, segregation social mores, and  adult attitudes and hypocrisy in the 1950s. Written from the  viewpoint of Scout a 10 year old girl in southern small town America. Recommended.
Go Set A Watchman was Harper Lees first attempt at this story written about Scout as an adult, this is a less well developed novel, uneven in content and style, and was published against Harper Lees wishes ine the last two years of her life.
February- Versions of Us by Laura Barnett. Jim and Evie meet as students in the late 1950s  in  Cambridge. Jim asks Evie for a drink. What follows are three versions of what their lives might have been together, and separately, depending on that one decision as to whether she accepts his invitation  or not. Engrossing isfa little confusing at times, we read three different version sof their lives all based on "what if"  - also recommended.
March. A New Woman by Charity Norma. A topical tale of  the fallout when a happily married man, or so everyone believes, comes home one evening and tells his wife of 20 plus years that he is transgender and wants to live the rest of his life as a woman. A good read, let down a bit by rather pat ending.
April - The Truth & Other Lies by Sascha Arango
Famous bestselling author, loving husband, generous friend—Henry Hayden is a pleasant person to have around. Or so it seems. And when his mistress, who is also his editor, becomes pregnant, his carefully constructed life threatens to fall apart. ... completely amoral Henry lies, cheats and worse with impunity. A pacey easy read that leave you wondering........good beach or holiday read.
May- All Together Now by Gill Hornby. A light-hearted easy read about a struggling town choir who are united by the joy of singing, funny and occasionally poignant with some colourful characters. Another good beach read.

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