WHEN SEPTEMBER COMES
3 Bright Ideas
The Den picks out the Short Listed Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 ‘The Vanishing Half’. A story of race, gender and identity, this is a pacy and topical ‘of the moment’ novel - offering plenty of discussion for book clubs this autumn.
‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’ by Jonathan Safran Foer was first published in 2005 telling the story of 9/11 from the perspective of a child who loses his father in the World Trade Centre. Intelligent, poignant and sad this is broader story focussing on coping with tragedy, family secrets and isolation. Themes which touch many of us as well as a reminder of this chilling event in history.
September is the time to refocus our energies and this month The Den has 3 stand out bright ideas to revitalise your reading. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, a contender for the Women’s Prize for Fiction announced later this month, follows the lives of twins whose lives take very different paths after leaving their small town black community in Louisiana. With the upcoming 20th anniversary of 9/11 our Missed Opportunity is Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, telling the story of Oskar who discovers a key belonging to his father who died in the September 11th attacks. Our Wild Card choice is Selected Stories, a collection of short stories by Nobel Prize winner Alice Monro, each one exquisitely serving up a slice of life. Three distinctive reads to revive your reading this month.
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