Our ‘A Novel Idea’ Book Club read and review will be‘‘Snow Falling on Cedars‘ by David Guterman on the 5th October. Please join us on ZOOM.
This poetic novel beautifully captures the painful legacy of war and a community’s struggle to deal with that pain. Shortly after WWII, fisherman Carl Heine is found dead in the waters off San Pedro, an island of “damp souls” off the coast of Washington State. Accused of his murder is fellow fisherman Kabuo Miyomoto, a member one of the many families of Japanese descent on the island. All of the island’s inhabitants are gripped by the murder trial, but none more so than Ishmael Chambers, a local reporter who lost his arm in the Pacific theater, and Hutsue Imada, Kabuo’s wife and Ishmael’s former lover. First-novelist Guterson, a contributing editor at Harper’s and author of the short-story collection The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind, pays meticulous attention to the legal intricacies of Kabuo’s trial. His greater purpose, however, and one that he achieves with skill and grace, is an investigation of racism, the nature of justice and the “same human frailty passed from generation to generation.” This is a luxurious book, whose finely detailed evocation of its small-town setting effectively draws the reader to consider its larger issues.
We always have interesting discussions about the historical setting of each book and its success in TV, Cinema etc. Feel free to join and listen even if you haven’t read the book.
The zoom link will be sent out by Henley on the day.
All are welcome – you do not even need to have read the book! The discussions range far and wide and are not just only about the contents of the book. If you would like to receive the monthly zoom link and join in then please contact Henley by email here