Dates for december

Choice of Dates for December for The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover New Writer’s Award):

Monday December 3rd at 19.30 (contact Jan for details) or The Ingeborg Drewitz library, Schloss Centre, Rathaus Steglitz on Wednesday December 5th at 18.15 pm or Friday December 7th at 10.30 am or Buchkantine, Dortmunder Str on Thursday December 4th at 18.15

In January we are discussing How It All Began by Penelope Lively.

Dame Penelope Margaret Lively, (born 17 March 1933) is a prolific, popular and critically acclaimed author of fiction for both children and adults. She has won both the Booker Prize for (Moon Tiger, 1987) and the Carnegie Medal for children’s books (The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, 1973)

How It All Began

A vibrant new novel from Penelope Lively -a wry, wise story about the surprising ways lives intersect. Through a richly conceived and colourful cast of characters, Penelope Lively explores the powerful role of chance in people’s lives and deftly illustrates how our paths can be altered irrevocably by someone we will never even meet. Brought to life in her hallmark graceful prose and full of keen insights into human nature, How It All Began is an engaging, contemporary tale A writer of rare wisdom, elegance, and humour.

Reviews
“An elegant, witty work of fiction, deceptively simple, emotionally and intellectually penetrating, the kind of novel that brings a plot to satisfying closure but whose questions linger long afterward in the reader’s mind.”(The New York Times Book Review).

“Writing with her usual poise and cutting cinematically from one character’s story to another’s, Ms. Lively elegantly orchestrates these events while using them as a setup for another series of developments.”(Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times )

“Moving skillfully between streams-of-consciousness and a wry omniscient voice, Lively investigates her characters’ motives and afterthoughts with precision and tenderness.”
(The New Yorker)

“With grace, wit and wisdom, Man Booker Prize winner Lively has crafted a highly readable tale about fates intersecting amid the chaos of modern life.” People

“Another virtuoso performance . . . Lively continues to surprise and illuminate, writing to ever more dazzling effect.”(The Boston Globe )

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