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Around Fitzroy & Collingwood Book Club Message Board › Next Book Club Meeting - 21 May 2pm

Next Book Club Meeting - 21 May 2pm

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Sydney, AU
Hello Book lovers,

We had lots of discussion at our last meeting on the books and quite a few suggestions for new books but we have managed to narrow it down to two exciting books for our next meeting on Saturday 21 May at 2pm.

“Everything Is Illuminated” written by Jonathan Safran Foer
“The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox” written by Maggie O'Farrell

If you have time you can read both books, otherwise you can select the book you are most interested in. As space is limited you will need to RSVP. If your plans change updating this through the Meetup Website is appreciated as it may allow another person to take your place at the meeting.

The Around Fitzroy & Collingwood Book Club is very informal; there is no set meeting agenda. Over a coffee, beer or wine, we usually have a chat about what everyone thought of the books of the month and see if anyone has read anything else exciting or heard of any great literary events on in Melbourne.

“Everything Is Illuminated” written by Jonathan Safran Foer

A young Jewish American travels to the Ukraine in the hope of finding the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. He is aided in his search by Alex Perchov, a naïve Ukrainian translator, Alex's grandfather (also called Alex), and a flatulent mongrel dog named Sammy Davis Jr. Jr. Their journey relayed - through a series of letters written in the kind of broken Russo-English normally reserved for Bond villains or Latka from Taxi and interspersed with the wonderfully imagined, almost magical realist, account of life in the shtetl before the Nazis destroyed it.

“The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox” written by Maggie O'Farrell

Slim, stylish Iris Lockhart runs a dress shop in contemporary Edinburgh. Esme Lennox, meanwhile, is ready to be discharged from the soon-to-be-closed psychiatric hospital where she's been a patient for 61 years. Iris becomes aware of Esme's existence when she's informed she has been granted power of attorney over Esme by Iris's grandmother – who is also Esme’s sister. Layer upon layer of Lockhart family secrets are laid bare—the truth behind Esme's institutionalization, why her existence was kept a secret, and a twist involving Iris's parents. O'Farrell maintains a high level of tension throughout, and the conclusion is devastating.
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