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April Book : Small Island - Andrea Levy (2004) - Half Way Discussion

John had recommended this author and book, and I think it offers us a new form of read.:)

Book Description;

Small Island" is an international bestseller. It won the Orange Prize for Fiction, The Orange Prize for Fiction: Best of the Best, The Whitbread Novel Award, The Whitbread Book of the Year Award, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. It has now been adapted for the screen as a coproduction of the BBC and Masterpiece/WGBH Boston.
Hortense Joseph arrives in London from Jamaica in 1948 with her life in her suitcase, her heart broken, her resolve intact. Her husband, Gilbert Joseph, returns from the war expecting to be received as a hero, but finds his status as a black man in Britain to be second class. His white landlady, Queenie, raised as a farmer's daughter, befriends Gilbert, and later Hortense, with innocence and courage, until the unexpected arrival of her husband, Bernard, who returns from combat with issues of his own to resolve. Told in these four voices, "Small Island "is a courageous novel of tender emotion and sparkling wit, of crossings taken and passages lost, of shattering compassion and of reckless optimism in the face of insurmountable barriers---in short, an encapsulation of that most American of experiences: the immigrant's life. This book is also on sale online at Amazon and Chapters (~$11.00), as it was published in 2004, we may find at the library. There is also a BBC tie in which I will try to locate if interested. Thanks John for the recommendation !

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meet-up today. Lots of laughs and interesting discussion of the book.

    April 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time.

    April 5, 2014

  • A former member
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    Thanks Joanne, Hope you feel better real soon.

    April 5, 2014

  • A former member
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    Hello Everyone. I am in Florida so won't be there tomorrow. I did enjoy reading this book and hope to be at the next discussion.

    April 4, 2014

    • A former member
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      Enjoy Florida. Bring back sunshine please. :)

      April 5, 2014

    • A former member
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      That's the plan

      April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry have to change my RSVP to no as something has come up very last minute. The meet up can still go on. Sorry I will miss you all.

    April 5, 2014

  • A former member
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    A pass for me this Saturday. I have another commitment. Looking forward to the next book chat. regards,

    April 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Look forward to seeing you at the next meet up

      April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I haven't been to the last few meetings, but it's been busy. Hope to come out again for the next few books. Take care!

    April 4, 2014

    • A former member
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      Hope to see you soon C.J.

      April 5, 2014

  • A former member
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    I was planning to attend, but am feeling unwell today, really hope to be at the next meetup.

    April 5, 2014

    • A former member
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      Sorry you are not feeling well. Something is going around. I feel it too.

      April 5, 2014

  • A former member
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    Our next three books have been announced:
    1. Heaven is for Real - Todd Burpo - Spiritual memoir
    2. Fault in our Stars - John Green - YA must read I am told
    3. The Tea Rose - Jennifer Donnelly - Historical Novel recommended.

    Any other recommendations for books to follow please let me know :)

    March 29, 2014

  • A former member
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    I got the book and the DVD from the library. Watched the DVD and balled at the end. Now reading the book

    March 28, 2014

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