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Akin
Akin | Emma Donoghue
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A retired New York professor's life is thrown into chaos when he takes a young great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother's wartime secrets in the next masterpiece from New York Times bestselling author Emma Donoghue. Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower living on the Upper West Side, but born in the South of France. He is days away from his first visit back to Nice since he was a child, bringing with him a handful of puzzling photos he's discovered from his mother's wartime years. But he receives a call from social services: Noah is the closest available relative of an eleven-year-old great-nephew he's never met, who urgently needs someone to look after him. Out of a feeling of obligation, Noah agrees to take Michael along on his trip. Much has changed in this famously charming seaside mecca, still haunted by memories of the Nazi occupation. The unlikely duo, suffering from jet lag and culture shock, bicker about everything from steak frites to screen time. But Noah gradually comes to appreciate the boy's truculent wit, and Michael's ease with tech and sharp eye help Noah unearth troubling details about their family's past. Both come to grasp the risks people in all eras have run for their loved ones, and find they are more akin than they knew. Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room an international bestseller, Akin is a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a boy, born two generations apart, who unpick their painful story and start to write a new one together.
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Cathythoughts
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#MOvember I havnt read yet , but I believe the character Noah is about to embark on his first trip back to Nice sinse he was a child ... but, the #future has other plans for him. Such is life .... I‘m looking forward to reading Akin. It will be my first by this author

Cinfhen #CoverCrush I ALMOST bought this book yesterday but was waiting for more reviews ~ please keep me posted 1mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I will. I was going to start it next ... but another book has turned my head 😁🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
Tamra I started the audio and bailed. I don‘t know what it was, but I couldn‘t focus. But I will try again another time because I do love Emma‘s writing! 1mo
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danibel
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Redheadrambles
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It pains me to report that this is a hot mess. In my notes I have written : Pretentious wind bagging, Wikipedia entries disguised as novel, Stop saying Dude ! , it‘s not exciting to read about characters googling historical information, lonely planet guide to Nice ?. There is just not enough story here and it is criminally boring ! At this point Emma Donoghue and I part company.

BookNAround How disappointing! 1mo
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GerardtheBookworm
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Akin defined as related by blood or a play on words of 'a kin', which describes this new Emma Donohue book. Here, we have a retired professor in his late 70's reluctantly bestowed guardianship of his eleven year old rebellious great grandnephew. Together, they uncover family secrets that occurred during World War 2 in France while trying to connect as a family unit.

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Lindy
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“How come there‘s no sand?”
“I don‘t know,” Noah said. “It‘s all pebbles around Nice.”

(Photo: me on the beach in Nice in 2004.)

saresmoore I love this photo! 3mo
Lindy @saresmoore Thanks. At first glance, you might think I was looking at a mobile device, but this was in the olden days. It was probably a shell. 3mo
Tanisha_A It's really a beautiful photograph! 3mo
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Lindy @Tanisha_A Thanks. My sweetie studied photography and journalism at college. She has a good eye. 3mo
Cathythoughts Lovely 3mo
batsy I agree, it's a beautiful photo 💜 3mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts @batsy I am a bit embarrassed by the fuss—this cropped phone shot of a photographic print isn‘t even a good reproduction. But it feels good to be on the receiving end of loving fuss, so… thank you very much. 😊 3mo
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Lindy
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His potty-mouthed 11-yr-old great-nephew is a last-minute addition to the travel plans of a pedantic 79-yr-old science professor. Never mind the age gap, they‘ve only just met, so it‘s awkward spending a week together in France. The dialogue is excellent; “kay” for yes, “I‘m good” for “no.” There‘s a bit of WWII resistance mystery & some humour in this quiet contemporary novel about relationships & family history. #CanadianAuthor

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Lindy
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I was looking for a photo of me in Nice to go with my review of the tagged book and instead I found a photo of me caught at an awkward moment while talking to the very gracious Emma Donoghue. This was taken at the Lambda Literary Awards in New York in 2011, when my sweetie‘s first collection of poetry was shortlisted.

Lindy The poetry book that was up for a Lammy in 2011: 3mo
mcipher Awww, you look so inquisitive, it‘s cute! Not awkward!! 3mo
Lindy @mcipher ☺️😘 3mo
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sarahbarnes Very cool on both fronts!! 3mo
Lindy @sarahbarnes 😊Thanks. 3mo
LeahBergen Love it! 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
DivineDiana Fantastic! 3mo
Lindy @DivineDiana Thanks. I have a good life. 😊 3mo
batsy How fabulous is this! 👌🏽 3mo
Lindy @batsy 😘 3mo
Suet624 That‘s awesome! 1w
Lindy @Suet624 😊I always get tongue tied around authors I admire, but Donoghue was so nice it was easy to talk to her. 1w
Suet624 💕💕💕 1w
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Lindy
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He tugged a magazine out of the seat pocket: Plaisirs d‘Azur. It was bland, gushy stuff about “le lifestyle des expats.” He puzzled over what distinguished an expat from an immigrant; it seemed the word was reserved for whites from the West who decamped to sunnier climes.

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Lindy
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…they got ice cream from Fenocchio, the gelateria that claimed to have more than a hundred flavours. Noah chose olive, simply because he‘d never find it anywhere else. Several licks in, he decided that there was a good reason ice cream was rarely flavoured with olives, but he couldn‘t face getting in line again.

pigeonsandcrows This so reminds me of a similar time I tried jalapeno ice cream! 3mo
Lindy @pigeonsandcrows Hmmm. 🌶+🍦 Did you finish it? 3mo
pigeonsandcrows It's been a while, but I'm going to say that was a hard no! 3mo
Lindy @pigeonsandcrows I tried chocolate chili ice cream this summer. I was expecting something more subtle than chili flakes; I ended up picking most of them out. 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Emma Donoghue is one of my all time favorite writers. No 2 of her books are ever alike. The scope of her creativity is truly amazing and the depth and breadth of research she does when writing fiction that contains true historical elements is awe-inspiring. In this she recounts the heroics of the Marcel Network who saved hundreds of children from death at the hands of the Nazis in Nice. Magnificent. 4⭐️

Crazeedi Sounds like a great book, will have to look for, I've not read this author yet,( that I can remember ) 3mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I‘ve been curious about this one. Now that I have a trusted review I might have to snag it. 🤣 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @Crazeedi She has a robust catalog! 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly @Ashley_Nicoletto This one definitely flew in under the radar because it was released the same day as The Testaments. My local store had to special order it! 😱 3mo
Tamra Thank you for posting! I love her writing and didn‘t know she has a new novel out. 😃 3mo
Crazeedi @MicheleinPhilly I've heard of her, will look up her books! Thanks! 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @Tamra I was amazed at how little attention it got. 3mo
Reviewsbylola I will always read her books, even though she can be hit or miss for me. When I like her books, I LOVE them! 2mo
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This ARC was a delightful surprise on my doorstop - surprise free #bookmail cannot be beat!
This sounds like a family history digging into previously unknown WWII connections for the MC. It‘s going on top of my TBR for sure. I mean, it‘s Emma Donoghue!

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