The Give a Sh*t Book Club
Why "Give a Sh*t?" I started this online book club last year because I wanted to hold myself accountable for reading diversely and engaging with tough topics. I give a shit about what's going on in the world, so I read to educate and inform myself. I welcome you to join me!
Here’s how it works: Every month, I pick a book that in one way or another promotes diversity or has social or political relevance. Then the last Saturday of the month, I post my thoughts and reflections about the book, and anyone who so desires can jump in on the discussion too.
This month's book: The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
From the publisher: "Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamorous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more. In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit. "
Want to participate? Get your hands on a copy of the book, read it, and meet back here on Saturday, March 31st for a virtual book club discussion. Already have plans that day? No problem, the comments will stay open for a couple weeks, so you can jump in whenever you have time.
See below our previous Give a Sh*t Book Club discussions.