The next session of Wester Hailes library’ Online Book group Reading Takes You Places will take place on Thursday 19 August 2021, 3.00pm, where they will discuss ‘Middle Son’ by Deborah Lida.
This novel of a Japanese-American family is “a tender tale of secrecy and obligation, introducing us to a Hawaii the tourists never see” (Glamour).When Spencer Fujii’s grandparents arrived in Hawaii at the turn of the twentieth century, they brought Japanese customs with them. Five decades later, those traditional expectations still shape the lives of the Fujii family.Spencer, the son of first generation sugarcane plantation workers, is the middle child. This “small gem” of a novel, an ALA Notable Book of the Year, follows his childhood days with his much-loved big brother and the tragedy that separated them; the traditions of responsibility, acceptance, and sacrifice that Spencer struggles with into adulthood; and his moving, final communion with his mother (Kirkus Reviews).
All books chosen for the book group have multiple e-book copies available through Edinburgh Libraries, so everyone will be able to borrow a copy for free.
If you are interested in joining the book group, or want more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.