Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
I want to start by saying that I am not
someone who reads every book Oprah tells me to read. However, when I do
read a book Oprah has selected, I will often find myself thinking that
she was right to recommend it. And that was again the case with THE
INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd, author of the beloved THE SECRET
LIFE OF BEES. It is a rich, multigenerational story of a young
abolitionist, Sarah, born into a plantation-owning Southern family
several years before the Civil War, and a young slave named Handful, who
is given to Sarah on her 11th birthday as a gift. She is meant to be her
handmaid for life. Handful is presented in front of everyone with a
ribbon tied around her waist and a bow on the top of her head in a
stirring scene that shows one of our beloved narrators as nothing more
than an object, in the eyes of the South.