By Katharine Brown
Naomi Alderman was no stranger to awards before The Power won the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the 2017 NY Times 10 Best Books, and was named one of President Obama's favorite reads of the year. In 2006 she won the Orange Award for New Writers for her novel Disobedience. In 2007, Disobedience won another accolade, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award, and in 2013 Naomi Alderman was named one of the best Young British Novelists by Granta's once-a-decade list.
In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family.
But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power: they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets. From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, The Power is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store or online with a 15% discount through the end of April. This electrifying story is also available through our partner, Libro.fm and is narrated by the author herself!
Reviews & Interviews
"'The Power' by Naomi Alderman" -- The NY Times Book Review
"What if Women had 'The Power?'" -- The Atlantic
"What If Women Were in Charge?" -- Vogue Book Review
"Interview with Naomi Alderman" -- The Guardian
"Naomi Alderman on the World That Yielded 'The Power'" -- The NY Times
"'The Power' Author Naomi Alderman Answers Your Questions" -- PBS
April's choice this year is Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. We've really been enjoying our foray into fantasy and science fiction so we decided to read a few books that might be considered "classics", or at least very well known, that we hadn't read before. Many of us were already fans of Gaiman or Pratchett but a few didn't enjoy the books they'd previously read by those authors. So, we're expecting a lively discussion at the end of April! So, what is this book about anyway?
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .
We don't know about you but we just love an excellent fight between Good and Evil, especially if there's lots of snark. This has been on our TBR for a while so we're glad to finally be able to get to it, especially since we get to discuss it with such an awesome group.
If this sounds like something you'd enjoy reading, we really hope that you'll come grab a copy from the bookstore or from one of the local libraries, then join us at the book club meeting.
If you decide to get your copy from Foggy Pine Books, the paperback copies are on sale for 15% off until the end of the month. You can also buy it from us online, if you prefer to read a digital copy or listen to the audiobook.
We'll meet at Hatchet Coffee on April 25th at 7:30pm. Hatchet Coffee has drinks & snacks available for purchase but we typically also have snacks to share with one another. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here .
Relevant Reviews & Interviews
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman-Fun, with Footnotes -- The Guardian Review
Good Omens is the Perfect Gateway Fantasy -- Tor.com Review
Pratchett & Gaiman: The Double Act -- Locus Online Interview
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