The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris What an unusual novel! The main character has a condition which means that he can’t stop walking. His family struggle to deal with the consequences. I found the first half of the book much more enjoyable than the second half, where I struggled to understand what was happening, although I suspect this was a clever device which mirrored the protagonist’s own bewilderment.
The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman A former boarding school pupil returns to teach Latin at the same school and finds that tragic events there which haunted her past appear to be reoccurring in the present. This novel drew me in from the outset and I too felt the unnerving lure of past tragedy.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows The story of how the German occupation affected the lives of the people of Guernsey is told through a series of letters. This is a very clever novel which allows the author(s) to depict the same events seen differently through the eyes of different people and in their different voices. The characters are appealing, quirky and subversive with strength and determination.
The Dare by John Boyne A Quick Reads book, which was my ESOL reading group’s first novel for discussion, it deals with the aftermath of an accident in which a mother knocks down a young boy. It gives an interesting and convincing portrayal of the effect that this event has on both families. Most importantly, the group enjoyed reading and discussing it.
Here’s hoping for more time next month!