Winner of 2017 Giller Prize

Winner of 2017 Giller Prize
Michael Redhill for his novel Bellevue Square

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Joan's Pick - The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

I am trying to remember writers who wrote about books.  I recall George Orwell's essay on Dickens and V. S. Naipaul's meditations on his favourite authors.  Christopher Hitchens had a lot to say about various writers. Jeff Eugenides weaves  a lot of comment about Henry James into his novel The Marriage Plot.  I am sure there are many many others.

Will Schwalbe describes a very special book club, one with only two participants, himself and his mom who is dying of cancer. The two carry on their book conversations during chemo sessions or in hospital waiting rooms. Both mother and son are life-long readers and both bring a lot of knowledge to their club "meetings."  But this is a book about death as the son sees his once dynamic mother slowly succumb and knows she feels her horizons shrinking and her life fading away. 

A list of the books in the appendix provides a useful coda.

 

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