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Monthly, the Library Book Discussion Group meets on the second floor and there, we noisily share our varied experiences of reading around a theme. November’s theme was ‘Debut novels’. I chose to read a novel by Canadian Madeleine Thien, called ‘Certainty’. I was initially attracted by the title, intriguing in both its simplicity and its potential for depth.I wasn’t disappointed.‘Certainty’ is a quiet, thoughtful, beautifully written first novel centred on the family of Gail Lim, a 40ish producer of radio documentaries, the daughter of Chinese-Malaysian immigrants. Gail’s father, Matthew, experienced as a child the brutal Japanese occupation of Borneo & witnessed his father’s death. His childhood companion, Ani, shares Matthew’s trauma & loss but their love affair, years later, is not able to heal the many wounds of that war & their lives take different paths. While this is the starting point of the story, the structure of the novel is more complex, opening with Ansel, Gail’s husband, grieving at her recent, unexpected death. Slowly over the course of the novel the story unfolds, weaving backwards and forwards through different time periods. ‘Certainty’ requires attentive reading but is not a difficult read. The themes of loss and memory stay with you, leaving the reader to ponder the uncertainties of life long after the reading has finished. ~ J.P.

The Shah of Blah

With his fantastic stories. Thu 10 Jan, 10.30am City Librar y, 3.30pm Ashhurst Community Librar y

Z ap po Be enchanted by this mar vellous magician. Tue 15 Jan, 1pm City Librar y, rar y 3pm Ashhurst Community Lib

Starfish

Will delight with their wonderful show. Fri 18 Jan, 1pm City Librar y, 3pm Ashhurst Community Librar y

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TRE ADI NG WAT ER Rob Hewitt's Survival Story. Author talk and book signing. Wednesday 12 December, 6pm, Sound & Vision Zone For more information contact: Genny Vella, phone 351 4100 X 8519, email genny.vella@pncc.govt.nz or check our website www.citylibrary.pncc.govt.nz

by Madeleine Thien

Extraordinary read:

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Peony In Love by Lisa See

Readers of Lisa See’s novel ‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’ will not be disappointed with her latest book. Beautifully crafted and well researched on the customs and Palmerston North beliefs of 17th century China, this novel City Library delves into the after world of ghosts, foot binding, women’s lives and PO Box 1948 their writing. Deftly weaving a story 4 The Square around the Chinese epic opera ‘The Palmerston North Peony Pavilion’, which is still being performed today. Monday 10am – 6pm A cherished 16 year old daughter of a wealthy family, Tuesday 10am – 6pm Peony, begins a journey as a privileged only child Wednesday 10am – 8pm about to embark on an arranged marriage. After Thursday 10am – 6pm watching her beloved opera, normally banned from Friday 10am – 8pm women, Peony becomes obsessed with the play Saturday 10am – 4pm and a tragedy occurs taking her on a different path Sunday 1pm – 4pm one that is rich in love, sorrow and redemption. Phone: (06) 351 4100

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This compelling story is also a wonderful history lesson on the beliefs and rituals of a long ago era, made all the more enjoyable by an author who has done an immense amount of research. Be magically transported to another time and place, you won’t regret it! ~ M.T.

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Pathways December 2007 - January 2008