The Signature Book Club: Autumn 2017
Our favourite books for a fascinating read and interesting projects this autumn.
With its centring of immigrants in Southern California and their rights, Shanthi Sekaran’s second novel feels timely while taking readers on a journey through definitions of motherhood and ‘doing good’. Ignacio is a boy wanted by two women: his young mother Soli, who is placed in immigrant detention after making the perilous crossing from Mexico into America; and Kavya, who believes she can offer him the life he deserves in Berkeley. The two stories unfold simultaneously, contrasting the experience of an undocumented immigrant with the life of a first-generation Indian-American. Sekaran treats each character with illuminating empathy, showing the deep bonds of love that echo through their actions.
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For anyone who ever thought that paper flowers were limited to origami or children’s craft, self-professed ‘flowersmith’, photographer, educator and founder of Papetal, Jennifer Tran is here to share the intricacies of her beautiful art. Her book is a guide to creating flowers and foliage for 30 projects, using no more than paper, some household tools and a few specialty materials (ground turmeric and ground coffee among them). Each flower is shown with step-by-step instructions, templates and tutorials in the basics, as well as seasonal arrangements to bring your paper flowers to life.
RRP $40.00 www.hardiegrantbooks.com.au
The Democratic Republic of the Congo may be well known among worldly travellers today for its opportunities to walk with gorillas, but in the 1960s the former Belgian colony was in the midst of rebellion. This is the dangerous, violent backdrop of Katherine Scholes’ latest novel of love and a fractured family, which tells the tale of Anna Emerson and Dan Miller, a Melbourne secretary and a mercenary. Anna returns to her birthplace to reconnect with her estranged father, but is thrown into the growing chaos of the newly independent nation, crossing paths with Dan. It’s big, bold and, considering Scholes was born in Tanzania, a vivid rendering of the beauty of the Congo in one of its most tumultuous periods.
RRP $32.99 www.penguin.com.au