Next Read: The Lying Life of Adults

The October read for Pageturners is Elena Ferrante’s The Lying Life of Adults. It will be the book for discussion on Wednesday 14 October at the new daytime session 12.30pm – 1.30pm new or evening session 5.30pm – 7pm at Orange City Library. Please book your place via Eventbrite for either of these sessions or phone Jasmine on 6393 8125.

Named one of 2016’s most influential people by TIME Magazine and frequently touted as a future Nobel Prize-winner, Elena Ferrante has become one of the world’s most read and beloved writers. 

The Lying Life of Adults is her first standalone (and first work of published fiction) since her mega-hit Neapolitan Quartet.

‘Two years before leaving home my father said to my mother that I was very ugly. The sentence was uttered under his breath, in the apartment that my parents, newly married, had bought in Rione Alto, at the top of Via San Giacomo dei Capri. Everything – the spaces of Naples, the blue light of a very cold February, those words – remained fixed. But I slipped away, and am still slipping away, within these lines that are intended to give me a story, while in fact I am nothing, nothing of my own, nothing that has really begun or really been brought to completion: only a tangled knot, and nobody, not even the one who at this moment is writing, knows if it contains the right thread for a story or is merely a snarled confusion of suffering, without redemption.’

Giovanna’s pretty face has changed: it’s turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent. But is she seeing things as they really are? Into which mirror must she look to find herself and save herself?

She is searching for a new face in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, which professes to be a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves between these two cities, disoriented by the fact that, whether high or low, the city seems to offer no answer and no escape.

More about the author:

Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008) and the four volumes of the Neapolitan Quartet (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child), published by Europa Editions between 2012 and 2015. She is also the author of a children’s picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night, and a work of non-fiction, Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey. Incidental Inventions, her collected Guardian columns, was published in 2019.

Monica McInerney Online Chat

Join bestselling author Monica McInerney talking about her latest book The Godmothers via a Zoom Webinar on Wednesday 30 September 6.30pm at your place.

Monica McInerney is the Australian-born Dublin-based author of the best-selling novels The Trip of a Lifetime, Hello from the Gillespies, The House of Memories, Lola’s Secret, At Home with the Templetons, Those Faraday Girls, Family Baggage, The Alphabet Sisters, Spin the Bottle, Upside Down Inside Out and A Taste for It; the novella Odd One Out and a short story collection All Together Now.

As part of this free live, online author talk, Monica will discuss with you her latest book The Godmothers. This Zoom Webinar is a collaboration between NSW Public Libraries including Central West Libraries. The conversation will be facilitated by Monique Akauola from Sutherland Libraries. We have 50 tickets for this event. Bookings are required via Eventbrite and we send you your link to join the Webinar.

The webinar is a view-only platform. You won’t be seen by the speaker or the other participants, so you can relax in your most comfortable clothes and enjoy your favourite beverage while you watch.

The highly anticipated The Godmothers is a new family drama from one of Australia’s most beloved authors. Book your place via eventbrite.

Dictionary of Lost Words Next Read

Pageturners Book Discussion Group talks about thought-provoking reads and September’s Wednesday 9th meeting will be no exception with a lively chat guaranteed about The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams.

In 1901, the word ‘Bondmaid’ was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it.

Set when the women’s suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It’s a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape the world and our experience of it.

Due to COVID-19 Public Health Restrictions Pageturners is limited to 10 guests. Currently the September meeting is booked out. However, we have enabled a waiting list, so if a vacancy arises the next person on the waiting list will be informed. Also, if there is an overwhelming number of book clubbers interested in the discussion we will look at hosting a daytime meeting.

If you have any concerns registering via Eventbrite please call Jasmine on 6393 8125.

Miles Franklin Discussion

Pageturners met for the first time since March on Wednesday evening. It was fantastic to catch up with everyone again. The group followed current NSW Health COVID-19 Guidelines with social distancing, hygiene and contact details.

They talked about the shortlisted books for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the winner The Yield by Tara June Winch.

Here are some of the comments:

Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany – mixed feelings, impressed me, life in her own dysfunctional family, 1960s small town, exploded view is a symbol for her life, didn’t like it but was fascinated by it, about domestic violence and child abuse, very impressed, well crafted, critic said “superbly controlled”.

The White Girl by Tony Birch – can see why it made the list, lots of undercurrents, police officer tries to enforce the Aboriginal Act, loved the grandmother.

Islands by Peggy Frew – well written, overly poetic ending, about a missing girl and family.

The Returns by Phil Salom – loved it.

The Yield by Tara June Winch – three stories in one, Pop Albert’s story told through the dictionary most interesting, loved August’s sections, complex structure, enjoyed the Wiradjuri words, some parts confusing and slow, pushes the Aboriginal issues too far, interesting and unusual, Tara June Winch said ‘If you want a different story, change history,’ really loved it, everyone should read this book.


4 stars for Exploded View

5 stars for The Returns

4.5 stars The Yield

3.5 stars for The White Girl

5 stars The Yield

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 9th September 5.30pm – 7pm (second Wednesday of the month) to talk about The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams.

Book your place online via Eventbrite or call Jasmine on 6393 8132.