From Foal’s Bread to Rosalie Ham’s The Dressmaker – both books are set in rural Australian towns – memorably so.
One of the key themes in The Dressmaker is ‘memory’. Memory, and the accuracy of memories, is central to the plot of one of my favourite books, Atonement by Ian McEwan.
Every member of my book group loved Atonement. It’s a rare thing for a book to get a unanimous thumbs-up from my group but it happened recently with Akhil Sharma’s Family Life.
Family Life is a story about finding your place in a new country, as is Ru by Kim Thúy, a beautifully written memoir.
Ru is the story of Thúy’s immigration to Canada, so the final link in the chain is to Richard Ford’s Canada, a book that I had mixed feelings about but still has one of the best opening lines I’ve ever read.
This month’s chain traveled from France to Australia, to England and the US, and from Vietnam to Canada – I wonder where others went?