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Next Reading Group Meeting

Venue: Deirdre Bray’s house in Garies

Date: Monday 5th November

Time: 2pm

Contact: Karen Burroughs or Joyce Booth

Details: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Reading Group Review – Americanah by Chamananda Ngozi Adichie

TWIG Reading Group September 2018

‘Americanah’ by Chamananda Ngozi Adichie first published in 2013 was October’s book. ‘Americanah’ is the title given to returning Nigerians from U.S.A who have acquired a certain accent and attitude.
This book stimulated much discussion not all directly related to the book. The book is a dense but very satisfying read, requiring careful reading, no skimming.
It is a book with many layers: race; class; gender; exile; identity; relationships and a fair amount of information about the care and significance of African hair.
The love story between Ifemelu and her childhood sweetheart, Obinze bookends the story. The narrative begins with Ifemelu in a braiding salon towards the end of the time line of the story after she has lived in the U.S.A for fifteen years.
These two protagonists leave their middle class rather privileged homes in Nigeria in search of a better life.
Ifemelu to Philadelphia, U.S.A and later on Obinze to Britain.
Ifemelu eventually achieves success in America, writing a blog about what it means to be a black person, she distinguishes between Non American blacks and American blacks.
Obinze is not as lucky in Britain eventually being deported as an illegal immigrant .He returns to Nigeria where he finds a rich mentor and achieves great wealth as a property developer.
We felt the ‘Mills and Boon’ ending was pretty obvious from the beginning, but because the book has so much to say and is so well written the ending is almost irrelevant.

Reading Group

The Reading Group meets at member’s home on the first Monday of the month 2pm to 4pm to discuss and share opinions on a chosen book in a friendly social atmosphere over coffee and biscuits.

Find below some of the suggested books for our current reading list:

Reading Group Book List

This is the reading group’s current list of books that we plan to read and discuss at future meetings. The books are suggested by members and changes all the time as we regularly update it.

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins – 11th January 2016
The Minituarist – Jessie Burton – 1st February
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons – 7th March
The Aftermath – Rhidian Brook – 4th April
Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson – 2nd May
The Magpies – Mark Edwards – 6th June
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion – 4th July
A Death in the Family – Karl Ove Knausgaard – 5th September
The Green Road – Anne Enright – 3rd October
Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain – 7th November
Rivers of London – Ben Aaronovitch – 12th December 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling – 9th January 2017
The Ginger Tree – Oswald Wynd – 6th February
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain – John O’Farrel – 6th March
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson – 3rd April
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel – 24th April
Giving Up the Ghost – Hilary Mantel – 24th April
Too Close to the Falls – Catherine Gildiner – 29th May
Light between the Oceans – M.L Steadman – 3rd July
The Dressmaker – Birkelund Oberbuck – 4th September
The House by the Lake – Thomas Harding – 2nd October
Us – David Nicholls – 6th November
Bel Canto – Ann Pratchett – 4th December

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte – 8th January 2018
Heartburn – Nora Ephron – 5th February
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewski – 5th March
The Personal History of Rachel Dupree – Ann Weisgarber – 9th April
The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield – 7th May
The Underground Railway – Colson Whitehead – 4th June
The Keeper of Lost Things – Ruth Hogan – 2nd July
Dalva – Jim Harrison – 3rd September
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 1st October
How to Stop Time – Matt Haig - 5th November
Left Neglected – Lisa Genova – 10th December

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman – 7th January 2019
The Woman in the Window – A. J. Finn – 4th February
Pachinko – Min Jin Lee – 4th March
Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow – Peter Hoeg
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

For further information contact Karen Burroughs.