It’s traditional for my book club to have an end-of-year lunch as well as a book discussion in December and, while the food and chatter might have overtaken the book stuff somewhat, we did read Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.
I found this book really interesting from a writer’s perspective. It changes from 1st person for one character to 3rd for all the others and pulls it off pretty well. The characterisation is fantastic and clearly the history well researched (without weighing it down).
In fact, the only thing I didn’t much like was that it was – in that grand literary tradition – a book in which nothing much happens. People change in small ways though and that’s fine. I cared enough about all the characters to be sad that at the end.
Possibly the book I’ve most enjoyed of our book club reads this year.