Saturday, February 8, 2014
March 2014: The Siege by Helen Dunmore
Apologies for having to skip February!
Nevertheless, we will meet on Sunday March 9th to read our next book "The Siege" by Helen Dumnore, about Leningrad.
Here's a Book Summary:
The Siege is Helen Dunmore's masterpiece. Her canvas is monumental -- the Nazis' 1941 winter siege on Leningrad that killed six hundred thousand -- but her focus is heartrendingly intimate. One family, the Levins, fights to stay alive in their small apartment, held together by the unlikely courage and resourcefulness of twenty-two-year-old Anna. Though she dreams of an artist's life, she must instead forage for food in the ever more desperate city and watch her little brother grow cruelly thin. Their father, a blacklisted writer who once advocated a robust life of the mind, withers in spirit and body.
At such brutal times everything is tested. And yet Dunmore's inspiring story shows that even then, the triumph of the human heart is that love need not fall away. Amid the turmoil of the siege, the unimaginable happens -- two people enter the Levins' frozen home and bring a kind of romance where before there was only bare survival. A sensitive young doctor becomes Anna's devoted partner, and her father is allowed a transcendent final episode with a mysterious woman from his past.
We will be meeting in the Castro neighborhood on Sunday March 9 at 2pm!
Next Books to Read:
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (India)
The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
Mayada, Daughter of Iraq by Jean Sasson