Warrawong Book Talk

Our beloved Book Club coordinator, Diane has retired and will be sorely missed. We would like to thank her for all of her hard work in making the Book Club what it is today.

The Group’s October book was ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ by Betty Smith. Our group really enjoyed this beloved American coming of age classic, scroring it an 8. Sometimes it’s nice to curl up and read a classic.A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness — in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.

 The book for our meeting on November 5 is Tim Winton’s ‘Breath’. On the wild, lonely coast of Western Australia, two thrillseeking and barely adolescent boys fall into the enigmatic thrall of veteran big-wave surfer Sando. Together they form an odd but elite trio. The grown man initiates the boys into a kind of Spartan ethos, a regimen of risk and challenge, where they test themselves in storm swells on remote and shark-infested reefs, pushing each other to the edges of endurance, courage, and sanity. But where is all this heading? Why is their mentor’s past such forbidden territory? And what can explain his American wife’s peculiar behavior? Full of Winton’s lyrical genius for conveying physical sensation, Breath is a rich and atmospheric coming-of-age tale from one of world literature’s finest storytellers. If you would like to join us for the discussion of this book ask for your copy at the library. New members are welcome to join the group.

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