It’s always a bit odd to plan this far ahead into the future, but it is already time again to vote for the book we’ll be reading in October! Our summer read will be the Vacationers, so we figured we could go for something heavier again once we hit autumn. Let’s see what you can vote on!
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld tells the life of an outsider. Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It’s just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep – every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags. It could be anything. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is Jake’s unknown past, perhaps breaking into the present, a story hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, in a landscape of different color and sound, a story held in the scars that stripe her back.
Russia, 1986. In a run-down apartment block in Moscow, a nine-year-old piano prodigy practices silently for fear of disturbing the neighbors. In a factory on the outskirts of the city, his aunt makes car parts, trying to hide her dissident past. In the hospital, a surgeon immerses himself in his work to avoid facing his failed marriage. And in a rural village in Belarus, a teenage boy wakes up to a sky of the deepest crimson. Outside, the ears of his neighbor’s cattle are dripping blood. Ten miles away, at the Chernobyl Power Plant, something unimaginable has happened. Now their lives will change forever.
All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon is an astonishing novel of terrifying beauty that captures the end of an era.
Vote on the book you would most like to read, especially if you can’t make it to our next meeting!