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November 8 Book Club:"The Gift of Rain", by Tan Twan Eng

  • Nov 8, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Cindy's House

Sara will be leading the discussion:

The recipient of extraordinary acclaim from critics and the bookselling community, Tan Twan Eng's debut novel casts a powerful spell and has garnered comparisons to celebrated wartime storytellers Somerset Maugham and Graham Greene. Set during the tumult of World War II, on the lush Malayan island of Penang, The Gift of Rain tells a riveting and poignant tale about a young man caught in the tangle of wartime loyalties and deceits.

In 1939, sixteen-year-old Philip Hutton-the half-Chinese, half-English youngest child of the head of one of Penang's great trading families-feels alienated from both the Chinese and British communities. He at last discovers a sense of belonging in his unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat. Philip proudly shows his new friend around his adored island, and in return Endo teaches him about Japanese language and culture and trains him in the art and discipline of aikido. But such knowledge comes at a terrible price. When the Japanese savagely invade Malaya, Philip realizes that his mentor and sensei-to whom he owes absolute loyalty-is a Japanese spy. Young Philip has been an unwitting traitor, and must now work in secret to save as many lives as possible, even as his own family is brought to its knees.

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  • Heather C.

    Thanks for a great night. It was wonderful to meet everyone. Looking forward to the next meeting!

    November 9, 2013

  • Abby

    Another great night -- excellent book, discussion and party. So glad to see such great new women join us. And of course, to see all our wonderful friends!

    1 · November 8, 2013

  • Lucie

    Fantastic !

    November 8, 2013

  • Cecilia

    Really enjoyed it! Everyone was welcoming & friendly. Great book discussion & socializing!

    1 · November 8, 2013

  • Julie

    So sorry I wasn't able to get there. I was on the freeway for an hour already and still hadn't made my way out of the Valley,or even close to the 134. Didn't realize traffic was going to be as bad as it was. Had to turn around. Loved the book! Great choice.

    November 8, 2013

  • Mare G.

    Sorry, not feeling well. Hope to see everyone at the holiday party! Mare

    November 8, 2013

  • Kellie

    Got called in to work tonight. Not going to make it after all. Super bummed. It was a great book!!!

    November 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just realized this is the same night as the concert I'm going to.

    November 4, 2013

  • Kellie

    Just finished the book. Loved it! I'm really looking forward to finally attending one of your meet ups and am so glad this was the book! One question... How late do you expect the evening to run?

    November 3, 2013

    • Kellie

      Duh! Never mind. I just read it will end at 9pm. Perfect! Cu there!

      November 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oops have a prior commitment

    October 20, 2013

  • sandy b.

    too much, too soon ; too many notes !

    October 16, 2013

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