Wednesday, 25. September 2019, Slug & Lettuce, Stilettos Book Club - Wolverhampton

from 25. September 2019 - 19:30 till 22:30

Slug & Lettuce

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Stilettos Network would like to invite you to join us for good food, good company and a glass or two over our current read.
As chosen by our July Book Group, "Celestial Bodies by Jokha al-Harthi, translated by Marilyn Booth"
Celestial Bodies is set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, where we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present. Elegantly structured and taut, Celestial Bodies is a coiled spring of a novel, telling of Oman’s coming-of-age through the prism of one family’s losses and loves.
“Celestial Bodies,” a family saga set against Oman’s transition from slave trading center to oil producer, became on Tuesday the first novel originally written in Arabic to win the Man Booker International Prize.
The book’s author, Jokha Alharthi of Oman, shares the award of 50,000 pounds, about $63,000, with its translator, Marilyn Booth.
The prize, given each year to the best book translated into English and published in Britain, is widely seen as the world’s most significant award for translated fiction. It is distinct from the more well-known Booker Prize, for fiction originally published in English.
Bettany Hughes, the chairwoman of the judging panel, called “Celestial Bodies” “a book to win over the head and the heart in equal measure.”
If you've never been to Book Club, or don't seem to find the time to read, Stilettos Book Club's are perfect for you.  It's very relaxed and everyone is welcome (yes - men too!), even if they haven't quite managed to read the book.  We try to keep group numbers small, and we welcome someone new at every meeting, so no need to be nervous. Here is the lowdown...
What is Book Club?
We are all given 4-6 weeks to read the same book.  We then all come together to share our thoughts.  You just have to register your attendance via the Eventbrite website and come along on the day.  If you like, you can have a full three course meal, or just a bowl of soup or a coffee!  Really, its whatever you fancy.  
Why?
Reading is great exercise for the mind, and although we are all mega busy, reading a book forces us to take time out for ourselves.  It's also a great chance to meet new people and make new friends.
Which book?
There is much head-scratching which goes into choosing the book, however, our experience of Book Club is that the books that have been enjoyed the most are the ones chosen by the group. 


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