It's been a long while between bookclub books, I'm so sorry! How have you been? Read any good books lately? I just finished the most delightful debut novel by Australian author Suzanne Daniel. "Allegra in Three Parts", have you read it? You must, really, you must! Let's make it the November Bookclub group read shall we?
Goodreads writes about it...
I can split myself in two... something I have to do because of Joy and Matilde. They are my grandmothers and I love them both and they totally love me but they can't stand each other.
Eleven-year-old Allegra shuttles between her grandmothers who live next door to one another but couldn't be more different. Matilde works all hours and instils discipline, duty and restraint. She insists that Allegra focus on her studies to become a doctor.
Meanwhile free-spirited Joy is full of colour, possibility and emotion, storing all her tears in little glass bottles. She is riding the second wave of the women's movement in the company of her penny tortoise, Simone de Beauvoir, encouraging Ally to explore broad horizons and live her 'true essence'.
And then there's Rick who lives in a flat out the back and finds distraction in gambling and solace in surfing. He's trying to be a good father to Al Pal, while grieving the woman who links them all but whose absence tears them apart.
Allegra is left to orbit these three worlds wishing they loved her a little less and liked each other a lot more. Until one day the unspoken tragedy that's created this division explodes within the person they all cherish most.
This book made me smile, made me cry, made me remember long forgotten parts of my 1970's Australian childhood. While it's written from an 11 year old girls perspective it's not a children's book. You'll fall in love with Allegra and her grandmothers are utterly divine in their own special ways. Now rather than give anymore away who's going to join in our bookclub and read it as our November group read?
How about we do a Facebook group chat on Sunday 8th December? If you aren't already a member of the A Box Of Bookclub Facebook group just click here to join up.
If you are looking for a bookish gift we also made Allegra in Three Parts our October Subscription Book Box book and have a limited number of boxes remaining if you want to get in on the book box action too.
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Ok happy reading until next time xxContinue reading