Date(s) - Thursday, 22nd November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop
Five Leaves’ book group is open to all. You are free to attend one meeting per lifetime, every meeting or all stops in between. All we ask is that you read the book in advance. You don’t have to get it from us, library users are welcome, but we offer 15% off book club books in the lead up to the event. The author will not be present!
Nobody can leave an island. An island is a cosmos in a nutshell, where the stars slumber in the grass beneath the snow. But occasionally someone tries . . .
At the start of the twentieth century Ingrid Barrøy is born on an island that bears her name – a holdfast for a single family, their livestock, their crops, their hopes and dreams. Her father dreams of building a quay that will connect them to the mainland, but closer ties to the wider world come at a price. Her mother has her own dreams – more children, a smaller island, a different life – and there is one question Ingrid must never ask her.
Island life is hard, a living scratched from the dirt or trawled from the sea, so when Ingrid comes of age, she is sent to the mainland to work for one of the wealthy families on the coast. But Norway too is waking up to a wider world, a modern world that is capricious and can be cruel. Tragedy strikes, and Ingrid must fight to protect the home she thought she had left behind.
The Follower was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize and is translated from Norwegian.
Five Leaves book group is free to attend and refreshments are provided. Please let us know you are coming on firstname.lastname@example.org