Sunday, July 17, 2011
For July, my book club decided to read GIRL IN TRANSLATION by Jean Kwok. I loved this book when I read it last year (you can read my review here) and I was excited to see if all of my friends would agree. Most everyone enjoyed the book although I'm not sure anyone loved it quite like I did. A few of the women weren't disappointed with the ending.
I was worried that since most of us liked (if not loved) the book that there might not be a lot to discuss; however, I shouldn't have worried -- we all had a lot to say. We ended up addressing most of the questions in the reading guide, and I'm happy to say that many of them were addressed before we even went through the list.
As was the case when I first read this novel, all of us were deeply affected by Kimberly's story. I think it's safe to say that we all looked at how fortunate we are just to be born in the United States, and how we tend to take things for granted. Our discussion even went down the path of what we can do to make sure that our kids are aware of people with less and whether we should insulate them from sadness and discomfort. All in all, I'd say it was an excellent book to discuss.