Second Sunday Book Group — Reproduction

Sun, Oct 11, 2020 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

All are welcome at this monthly book group meeting. We read and discuss a wide range of books, all chosen by book group members.

We will meet ONLINE after the service on October 11, 2020 to discuss “Reproduction”, by Ian Williams, the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner – “a tale of love among inherited and invented families. Ian Williams’ rambunctious novel sweeps through a world of racial and religious mash-ups, cultural collisions, and cross-pollinations galore”.

Here is the Giller Prize jury citation: “Ian Williams’s Reproduction is many things at once. It’s an engrossing story of disparate people brought together and also a masterful unfolding of unexpected connections and collisions between and across lives otherwise separated by race, class, gender and geography. It’s a pointed and often playful plotting out of individual and shared stories in the close spaces of hospital rooms, garages, mansions and apartments, and a symphonic performance of resonant and dissonant voices, those of persons wanting to impress persuade, deny, or beguile others, and always trying again.”

And from Aminatta Forna, author of The Memory of Love: “This gorgeous novel vibrates with life. Williams’ compassion for his characters transforms them from ordinary beings into uncommon souls. We know these people: their flaws, their foibles and their fuck-ups. We recognise them because we share the same vagaries of living, wherever we are born. Stylistically inventive and narratively compelling, Reproduction is a stunning achievement.”

We will meet online after the Sunday service on October 11, 2020. Go to after the service ends and ask to join the Book Group breakout room. Please join us if you are interested in this book and our conversation.


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