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7/9 Meeting Summary and Choosing August's Book

Heidi B.
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Greensboro, NC
Hey there, Wo-Man Booker ladies,

We had a couple of new faces at this week's Meetup- welcome again to Joanne and Nancy! It's great to see how we're growing. We had a lively discussion about the family dynamics, secrets, and the way characters dealt with mortality in Anne Enright's "The Gathering".

Now it's that time again to choose a book for next month. You know the drill- vote for your favorite from the choices below by posting your vote to the Meetup page or sending it to me at I'll tally the votes and announce the winner on Monday.

And the choices for August are:
1) "The Inheritance of Loss"- Kiran Desai
2) "Vernon God Little"- DBC Pierre
3) "Life of Pi"- Yann Martel
You can find summaries of the books below.

Thanks for casting your vote, and I look forward to seeing you in August!


The Inheritance of Loss- Kiran Desai

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2006

In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge’s cook watches over her distractedly, for his thoughts are often on his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another. Kiran Desai’s brilliant novel, published to huge acclaim, is a story of joy and despair. Her characters face numerous choices that majestically illuminate the consequences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world.

Vernon God Little- DBC Pierre

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2003

Hailed by the critics and lauded by readers for its riotously funny and scathing portrayal of America in an age of trial by media, materialism, and violence, Vernon God Little was an international sensation when it was first published in 2003 and awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize.

The memorable portrait of America is seen through the eyes of a wry, young, protagonist. Fifteen-year-old Vernon narrates the story with a cynical twang and a four-letter barb for each of his townsfolk, a medley of characters. With a plot involving a school shooting and death-row reality TV shows, Pierre’s effortless prose and dialogue combine to form a novel of postmodern gamesmanship.

Life of Pi- Yann Martel
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2002
The story of Pi (short for Piscine), an unusual boy brought up on a zoo in India. Pi’s father decides to move the family to live in Canada and sell the animals to the great zoos of America.
The ship taking them across the Pacific sinks and Pi finds himself on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orang-utan, a zebra with a broken leg and a Bengal tiger called Richard Parker.
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