The May 2018 book club meeting, like all previous meetings, was loud, lively and fun. But, unlike many previous selections, Kamila Shamsie’s “Home Fire” generated lots of positive comments, and all those who attended seemed to agree that the book was worthy of the good reviews in all the major publications. Ratings ranged from 6 to 9, with most members rating the book an 8 or a 9. We don’t generally encounter so much positivity in our book club!
All of us liked that the novel centered around issues that were current, relevant and important: lives of immigrants, the fear that immigrant communities, and especially Muslims, live with every day, bad decisions made under pressure by young people, and the resulting consequences that can destroy a family. Some of you felt that the pace of the book was uneven – slow at the beginning but towards the end, racing towards a very dramatic ending. It was almost as if the author just wanted to get to the end of the book. Still, most of us felt the book overall was satisfying.
The next book club meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at 7 PM. This time, for a change, we have two selections: Jhumpa Lahiri’s short story collection, “The Interpreter of Maladies”, and our very own Neerja Raman’s “Moments in Transition”. Neerja’s book is available on Amazon, and she is also willing to mail you a copy if you so desire. Get in touch with her directly, if you want your own copy. The book is also available in area libraries.
The plan for the next meeting is for you to read a few stories from either or both the books, and have a free-flowing discussion when we meet in July. Since Neerja will not be attending the July meeting, I plan to submit a few questions to her closer to the date, so please jump in if you have questions as well.
Have a great summer and see you all on July 25!