Hello, Kveller readers and would-be readers! Fresh off of our book club chat about Katie Roiphe’s In Praise of Messy Lives comes our announcement for next month’s book club pick: we’ll be delving back into literary fiction and reading The World Without You, by novelist Joshua Henkin.
Yes, yes, we know what you’re thinking: the only rule of the Kveller Book Club was that we only read books by Jewish women, and as you may have guessed, Joshua Henkin is not, in fact, a woman. But, The World Without You is heavily female focused–starring three sisters, a widow, a mother, and a grandmother. And, well, what are rules if not meant to be broken?
Set over Fourth of July weekend in 2005, the novel witnesses a family gathering in the Berkshires to remember Leo, a son and brother who was killed one year before in Iraq.
For those of you familiar with Henkin’s writing, you know his ability to create believable and complicated characters–both male and female–is remarkable. For those of you not familiar, you can expect a book that covers both emotional as well as topical territory with great precision. This is a book about many things but mostly, it’s about family, which is why we think you’ll like it.
If you’re interested in joining the Kveller Book Club this month, we’ve got good news. We’ve got a signed copy of The World Without You to giveaway! To enter, just fill out the form below and we’ll choose a winner on Wednesday.
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So join us in reading and discussing. You can buy the book here on Amazon and Kveller will get a cut of the profits to continue to do fun things like this. We’ll be chatting here about Henkin’s novel at the end of this month on Wednesday, February 27th and will be hosting a Twitter chat with Henkin shortly after that. See you then.