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Page tUUrners meets the second Friday of the month, September to June, in the afternoon, and rotates locations. Our book selections are eclectic recommendations from our members. We like a challenging read, stories of immigration, feminism, and moral dilemmas. We attempt to choose titles available from our wonderful public library system. We welcome readers who are attracted to a specific book but are not sure if they want to commit to the ten book challenge and those who are looking for an on-going discussion group.

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Our Current Line Up

September: In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende tells a story that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil. In the Midst of Winter begins with a traffic accident—which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people. Richard Bowmaster—a 60-year-old human rights scholar—hits the car of Evelyn Ortega—a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes a far more serious turn when Ortega turns up at the professor’s house seeking help. The professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz—a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile—for her advice. Exploring the timely issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees. (adapted from Good Reads)

Date: September 14 | Time: 3-5 pm

Location: White Rock – for more information email: [email protected]

October: The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, a teeming multicultural neighbourhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine – a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women.

Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you are today?” She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. Written with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance that made Anita Diamant’s previous novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.

Date: October 12 | Time: 3-5 pm

Location: White Rock – for more information email: [email protected]

November: Little Bee by Chris Cleeve

This novel, originally published as “The Other Hand” is about a young Nigerian asylum-seeker named Little Bee and British magazine editor Sarah O’ Rourke. The two meet during a conflict in the Niger Delta and are reunited in England several years later. Little Bee’s language patterns are delightful and counterpose her difficult life experiences. The author will be reading at Seattle Public Library on Friday, July 20th at 7 pm. Other news is that Julia Roberts has negotiated to a film of the book under her Red Om Films production company. No news as yet on when it will be released.

Date: November 12 | Time: 1-3 pm

Location: Crescent Beach – for more information email: [email protected]

 

December: The Tears of Dark Waters by Corban Addison

Daniel and Vanessa Parker are an American success story. He is a Washington power broker, and she is a physician with a thriving practice. But behind the gilded facade, their marriage is a shambles, and their teenage son, Quentin, is self-destructing. In desperation, Daniel dusts off a long-delayed dream a sailing trip around the world.

Ismail Adan Ibrahim, on the lawless coast of Somalia, is living a life of crime in violation of everything he was raised to believe except for the love and loyalty driving him to hijack ships for ransom and plot the rescue of his sister, Yasmin, from the man who murdered their father. There is nothing he will not do to save her, even if it means taking innocent lives.

Across continents, the paths of these individuals converge in a single, explosive moment. It is a moment that will test them and break them, but it will also leave behind an unexpected glimmer of hope that out of the ashes of tragedy and misfortune, the seeds of justice and reconciliation can grow.”

Date: December 14 | Time: 1-3 pm

Location: Ocean Park – for more information email: [email protected]

Past Discussions:

September 2017: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thein 
October 2017: The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

November 2017: The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King
December 2017: News of the World by Paulette Jiles
January 2018: Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
February 2018: Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
March 2018: Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford
April 2018: April: Sweetland by Michael Crummy
May 2018: The Boat People by Sharon Bala
June 2018: Devotions by Mary Oliver