Sylvan Lake Municipal Library

Book Club

Jan 24, 2018  |  Fourth Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8:00 PM

Adults

A terrific way to expand reading horizons and meet people in the community. New members are welcome!

The Book Group is a terrific way to expand reading horizons and meet new people in the community. Titles include both fiction and non-fiction and are chosen by the group. Meetings are informal and all members are invited to share their reading insights.

Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. No charge. New readers are always welcome! Members must supply their own copies of books to be read (library staff are happy to help you place a hold on a copy to borrow).

Make a title suggestion for the Book Group or get more information
Do you have a terrific book to suggest for the Book Group reading list? Please email the title, and why you are suggesting it; be sure to type "Book Group Title" in the subject line. Title suggestions will be considered by the group.

Cover image for  January 24, 2018 selection is "Do not say we have nothing" by Madeleine Thien.

Madeleine Thien's new novel is breathtaking in scope and ambition even as it is hauntingly intimate. With the ease and skill of a master storyteller, Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations--those who lived through Mao's Cultural Revolution in the mid-twentieth century; and the children of the survivors, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989, in one of the most important political moments of the past century. With exquisite writing sharpened by a surprising vein of wit and sly humour, Thien has crafted unforgettable characters who are by turns flinty and headstrong, dreamy and tender, foolish and wise.
     At the centre of this epic tale, as capacious and mysterious as life itself, are enigmatic Sparrow, a genius composer who wishes desperately to create music yet can find truth only in silence; his mother and aunt, Big Mother Knife and Swirl, survivors with captivating singing voices and an unbreakable bond; Sparrow's ethereal cousin Zhuli, daughter of Swirl and storyteller Wen the Dreamer, who as a child witnesses the denunciation of her parents and as a young woman becomes the target of denunciations herself; and headstrong, talented Kai, best friend of Sparrow and Zhuli, and a determinedly successful musician who is a virtuoso at masking his true self until the day he can hide no longer. Here, too, is Kai's daughter, the ever-questioning mathematician Marie, who pieces together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking a fragile meaning in the layers of their collective story.

     With maturity and sophistication, humour and beauty, a huge heart and impressive understanding, Thien has crafted a novel that is at once beautifully intimate and grandly political, rooted in the details of daily life inside China, yet transcendent in its universality.(Penguin Random House)