ncongruously, we have decided to read The Summer Book by Tove Jansson this month for book group. Perhaps the sunniness of it will make the descent into winter more bearable.
From the blurb:
The Summer Book is a fresh, vivid and magical novel about seemingly endless summers of discovery. An elderly artist and her six year old granddaughter while away the summer together, on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland, their solitude disturbed only by migrating birds, sudden storms and an occasional passing boat. Gradually, the two learn to adjust to each other’s fears, foibles and yearnings for independence, and a fierce yet understated love emerges – one that engulfs not only the summer inhabitants, but the very island itself. Tove Jansson writes with a special toughness, and with a quiet, dry sense of humour, about a small girl and her grandmother, who as kindred spirits share the long days together.
One of the reasons that we chose this book was that it looked a bit jollier than the last few things we read. Jansson was also the author of the Moomin books so hopefully some of that magic has slipped into this book.
We’ll be meeting at 7.30pm on the 7th of November. Tea and coffee will be provided but you fancy something a little stronger please bring your own.
We don’t require any committment so if you don’t fancy this book or you’re not available this month you can always come next time.
Questions and suggestions for our next book are always welcome.