‘V’ is for ‘Volume.’
‘V’ is for ‘volume’ – not of noise produced or of food or drink consumed. Instead, volume (or volumes) refers to the books read in Book Club (although noise, food, and drink have a definite place here).
I am part of two Book Groups that each meet monthly. One of these groups is meeting today and will discuss ‘Bone and Bread’ by Canadian author, Saleema Nawaz. Winner of the ‘Quebec Writers’ Federation Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction,’ and shortlisted for the ‘2016 CBC Canada Reads,’ Bone and Bread has received much acclamation.
This is not likely a book that I would have picked up on my own. This is one of the leading strengths of Book Club – it pushes me outside of my comfort zone. The other main draw of reading and discussing a shared book is how members’ ideas combine to provoke deeper thinking and enhance understanding.
Nawaz has created vivid descriptions of the complex nature of family relationships. Her portrayals ache with despair. Although she frequently leaves the reader in discomfort, Nawaz ultimately offers hope, compassion, and resolution. More suited to females, and not a light beach read, I do recommend this book as a poignant tale that brims with yearning, tenderness and wisdom.
Coming up next in my Book Clubs will be Empress of the Night (Eva Stachniak) and Who Has Seen the Wind (W. O. Mitchell). What have you read lately? What book would you most recommend?