Archive for March, 2012

The Winner of the 2012 Pen/Faulkner award has been announced and it is The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka. Here is a brief description from goodreads.com:

In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces their extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers, raising children who will ultimately reject their heritage and their history; to the deracinating arrival of war.

In language that has the force and the fury of poetry, Julie Otsuka has written a singularly spellbinding novel about the American dream.

The votes are still coming in from our selections for next year, so far it seems that we will be reading this book during our next cycle so I will keep everyone posted.


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Our April Book

Please join us for our discussion of “The Wives of Henry Oades” by Johanna Moran

A family epic based on a true story follows the experiences of Henry Oades, who in the late 19th century loses his family to Maori kidnappers and remarries in California only to learn of his original family’s escape, a situation that compels him to live in bigamy. A first novel (from the publisher).

We will be meeting on Thursday, April 12 @ 7:00p.m. in the group study room

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