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August Main Meetup
Second meeting in the new venue and while we’re still working out the furniture set up, the Golf Lounge continues to get a thumbs up from the group. Last month we discussed two books that while both fairly short, still stimulated plenty of conversation and respectable scores with The Girls of Slender Means scoring 68 and In a Lonely Place scoring 81. For August, let’s hope the weather and the quality of the reading material holds out as we discuss two novels about people tackling very different challenges. Happy reading! Umami by Laia Jufresa, translated by Sophie Hughes (nominated by Jenn) Deep in the heart of Mexico City, where five houses cluster around a sun-drenched courtyard, lives Ana, a precocious twelve-year-old still coming to terms with the mysterious death of her little sister years earlier. Over the rainy, smoggy summer she decides to plant a vegetable garden in the courtyard, and as she digs the ground and plants her seeds, her neighbors in turn delve into their past. As the ripple effects of grief, childlessness, illness and displacement saturate their stories, secrets seep out and questions emerge – Who was my wife? Why did my mom leave? Can I turn back the clock? And how could a girl who knew how to swim drown? Using five voices to tell the singular story of life in an inner city mews, Umami is a quietly devastating novel of missed encounters, missed opportunities, missed people, and those who are left behind. Compassionate, surprising, funny and inventive, it deftly unpicks their stories to offer a darkly comic portrait of contemporary Mexico, as whimsical as it is heart-wrenching. John MacNab by John Buchan (nominated by David) In 1925, John Buchan published his second most famous novel, John MacNab; three high-flying men - a barrister, a cabinet minister and a banker - are suffering from boredom. They concoct a plan to cure it. They inform three Scottish estates that they will poach from each two stags and a salmon in a given time. They sign collectively as 'John McNab' and await the responses. This novel is a light interlude within the Leithen Stories series - an evocative look at the hunting, shooting and fishing lifestyle in Highland Scotland. Other books nominated were: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi This Is Going to Hurt:Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay Winston Churchill by his Personal Secretary: Recollections of The Great Man by A Woman Who Worked for Him by Elizabeth Nel Forces of Nature by Jane Harper My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre House Mother Normal by B. S. Johnson

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