The Birthday Lunch

The Birthday Lunch

Book - 2015
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Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780345809568
Characteristics: 262 pages ;,21 cm

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Mar 01, 2018

I'm embarrassed to say that I have only recently discovered Joan Clark. A thousand thank yous to Dayna at Port Moody Library for recommending Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark, a book so deceptively honest in its storytelling that I was unsettled, surprised and, finally, profoundly moved. Never have I read a book that reveals outport Newfoundland, and its link to the Titanic, so movingly. To be honest, I had no idea how and why Newfoundland became so involved in the disaster of the 20th century. Latitudes of Melt helped me understand that connection in an uncommon and movingly way.

Once I read Latitudes of Melt I was desperate to read more from this significant Canadian author. The Birthday Lunch was the next book I read by Joan Clark. The story is important, but family relations are what stood out for me. It's made me consider my own family and the way we interact with one another. Thank you , Joan Clark

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Oct 10, 2015

I like Joan Clark's writing. She writes of everyday life, with a twist. This is the story of Lily's 58th birthday lunch and how each family member copes in the aftermath of her sudden death. past and present details of inter relationships are explored in light of Lily's death. An interesting read.

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