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August meetup to discuss 'Home Fire', by Kamila Shamsie
Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 Readings.com.au says... "Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs. As the son of a powerful British Muslim politician, Eamonn has his own birthright to live up to - or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz’s salvation? Two families' fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks: what sacrifices will we make in the name of love? A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide - confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times." Runners-up were 'Half of a Yellow Sun' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, and 'Nowhere Child' by Christian White. Thanks so much to Shin Yi for running things the past two months while I've been writing assignments and flitting around Croatia and Montenegro! :-)

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Respond by: 08/08/2018

What we're about

This book club is for lovers of books. And of talking about books. And especially for those who love talking about books in good company over a tasty meal somewhere in marvelous Melbourne...

We read fiction, and it helps if it's in print. But we don't discriminate on genre - part of the beauty is reading things you otherwise wouldn't pick up in the bookstore (or download to your Kindle for you modern types). Over the years we've read classics, contemporary literature, crime, fantasy, and even the odd YA novel...

We choose books two months in advance, and titles are nominated and voted on by members; it's awfully democratic.

We meet on the second Thursday of each month, and always in the CBD or inner suburbs close to public transport. We have some favourite venues, but love trying new places too!

There's a $3 fee per meeting, because Meetup.com likes taking money off my credit card every three months. But any surplus monies are put back into the group's Christmas shindig.

So come along and join us... Preferably more than once; we love it when new members like us enough to come back for seconds! (You don't have to finish the book, or like the book, or have a dissertation prepared; there's no test. But there might be spoilers.)

Come and join us; we'd love to meet you!

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