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April Afro Reads Club meeting - Half of a Yellow Sun
Sat 29 April 2017, 14:15 – 16:15 BST
Hi Ladies, This will be the 2nd meeting for the Afro Reads Book club for women from the African & Caribbean community. The book club will meet every six weeks and the cost will be £4 + 84p booking fee per person and refreshments will be provided.
The book selection for April is the popular Half of a Yellow Sun which is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's award-winning second novel, and was listed as one of New York Times Most Notable Books of 2006. Many critics praised Half of a Yellow Sun and predicted that Achidie will be hailed as a significant writer of the twenty-first century.
The novel takes place in Nigeria, where the author was born. The time frame is the 1960s during the country's Nigerian-Biafran War. The main characters are on the Biafran side of the conflict. The story is told through three different points of view: Ugwu, a young teenage boy who represents the people of the outlying villages; his tribe clings to a more traditional, tribal way of life; Olanna, the daughter of well-to-do city-dwellers; and Richard, a white ex-patriot originally from England, who falls in love with Olanna's twin sister. The story is a combination of politics and personal relationships, charged by the brutal conflicts that occur around the main characters.
Selected books and dates for future meeting will be held as follows:
- 13th May 2017 – Zadie Smith – NW
- 17th June 2017 – Jesmyn Ward – Salvage the Bones
- 29th July 2017 – Natalie Baszile - Queen Sugar
- 9th September 2017 – Iyanla Vanzant – In the meantime
- 21st October 2017 – Toni Morrison – the Bluest Eye
- 25th November 2017 – Processing the Secret Joy – Alice Walker ( and selection of future books)
- December 2017- tbc – a social