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devoWeather by Jenny Offill

November Book of the Month:

Devotion

by Hannah Kent

This book is sublime! Kent’s writing sweeps you away, like a tide going out, immersing you in the depths of emotion where you are immediately caught and held, sinking into another time and place. Kent’s use of language is exquisite to create part historical fiction and part queer story. Traveling from Germany to South Australia in the mid-nineteenth century, this is a love story between two Lutheran women Hanne and Thea. After reading the final pages, I felt another swell of emotion all over again. I’ve been waiting all year to read this and it was worth every minute.
 
– Dean

 Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites is one of my top five reads of all time (maybe even top 3)! The attention to historical detail and incredibly writing that drew me into her debut novel is paralleled in Devotion, however this book remains wholly unique! Set in an 1800s Lutheran community in Prussia, then on a treacherous journey by ship to Australia, and finally ending in Hahndorf, South Australia, Devotion is both a sweeping historical fiction and an intimate, teen romance. Thea and Hanne are outsiders, star-crossed lovers and travel companions on the voyage to Australia, and their relationship forms the heart and centre of the story. A sudden and unexpected twist means that they can’t be together, but their bond does not break. Devotion is gripping, lyrical and so full of emotion (and I can’t wait to hear what you all think of the twist)!

 – Steph


 

Weather by Jenny Offill
November ILF Book of the Month

Another Day in the Colony

Written by Chelsea Watego

Ground-breaking and deeply powerful, Another Day in the Colony is a phenomenal collection of essays by Dr. Chelsea Watego, a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman born and raised on Yuggera country and an Indigenist health humanities scholar, prolific writer and public intellectual. Many people will see themselves in this book, love it and underline it, share with their friends and family, be confronted and challenged by its power and truth-telling. Part memoir, part historical reclamation, part critical race analysis, Another Day in the Colony takes colonial narratives and exposes their lies. It is brilliant and one of the best things I've read all year.
 – Emma

 $29.99

This is our ILF (Indigenous Literacy Foundation) Book of the Month, which means 10% of the profits from this month's sales of the book will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

 

 

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