After some debate (and very poorly adjudicated voting - sorry) we will be reading The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey for our next book.
Some of us will also be reading The Enchanted April too which was a close second in the voting and free e-book through the Gutenberg Project as well as Amazon Kindle.
Here's the blurb for The Chemistry of Tears:
London 2011, Catherine Gehrig, conservator at the Swinburne museum, learns of the unexpected death of her lover of thirteen years. As the mistress of a married man she has to grieve in private. Given a special project away from prying eyes and mad with grief, the usually controlled and rational Catherine discovers a series of handwritten notebooks telling the extraordinary story behind the automata she is restoring.
She starts to piece together both the clockwork puzzle and the story of the mechanical creature which was commissioned in 19th century Germany by an English man, Henry Brandling, as a 'magical amusement' for his consumptive son. Having been asked to leave his home by his wife, Henry turns his hurtful departure into an adventure that he records for his young child. But it is Catherine Gehrig, in a strangely stormy and overheated London nearly two hundred years later, who will find comfort and wonder in reading Henry's story. And it is the automata, in its beautiful, uncanny imitation of life, that will link two strangers confronted with the mysteries of life and death, the miracle and catastrophe of human invention and the body's astonishing chemistry of love and feeling.
And the blurb for The Enchanted April:
A discreet advertisement in 'The Times', addressed to 'Those who Apppreciate Wisteria and Sunshine...' is the impetus for a revelatory month for four very different women. High above the bay on the Italian Riviera stands San Salvatore, a mediaeval castle. Beckoned to this haven are Mrs. Wilkins, Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Fisher and Lady Caroline Dester, each quietly craving a respite. Lulled by the Mediterranean spirit, they gradually shed their skins and discover a harmony each of them has longed for but never known.
First published in 1922 and reminscient of 'Elizabeth and her German Garden', this delightful novel is imbued with the descriptive power and light-hearted irreverence for which Elizabeth von Arnin is renowned.
All welcome - please don't worry if you haven't finished the book before we meet. In fact it's not a complete disaster if you haven't even started and you certainly don't have to read both!
Here's the list of what we've read before:
Street of a Thousand Blossoms - Gail Tsukiyama
The Children’s Book – AS Byatt
One Day – David Nicholls
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell
The Tenderness of Wolves – Stef Penney
The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
Pure – Andrew Miller
The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen
The Glass Palace Amitav Ghosh
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
A Week in December, Sebastian Faulks
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce
Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen, Lindsay Ashford
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
Whit, Iain Banks
Mornings in Jenin, Susan Abulhawawith
The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford
The Red House, Mark Haddon
Instructions for a Heatwave, Maggie O'Farrell.
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Scapegoat, Daphne Du Maurier
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, Deborah Rodriguez
Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane