Yes, that's right, there's no October "Classic" scheduled, I've skipped straight through to November as I'll be away during the beginning of the month. (That said, volunteers are welcome to act as the stand-in host if you HAVE to have a Classics Bookclub while I'm gone.)
In November we will discuss Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey, a current Australian best-selling novel. Set in a 1960's rural town, Jasper Jones addresses societal prejudice and morality within a coming of age story. Sound familiar? It has been touted as "An Australian To Kill a Mockingbird". Fresh off of reading To Kill a Mockingbird in September, let's see how this story is translates to Australia.
*Quick heads up- this is not a short book! Start early and take advantage of having October off!
From Good Reads:
Late on a hot summer night in 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan.
Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery.
With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother; falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.
And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse.
In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart
Background info to the "Classics Book Club Spinoff":
Based on a shared desire of Girly Bookclub readers to read (or in some cases re-read) the "Classics", I have set up an monthly sub-group to explore the classics. Please note, this does NOT replace the original "Girly Book Club" schedule, it is only a supplemental spin-off which is open to anyone, regardless of their participation with the regularly scheduled meetings.
The idea is visit, or re-visit, noteworthy or significant works and authors, preferably of a short(ish) length that can easily be enjoyed within our monthly reading time allowance. As we've evolved this definition of book choice has grown to include Australian-specific "classics" or literature.