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Second WR Book Title: Small Island by Andrea Levy

Small Island, By Andrea Levy (Picador 2005)
Winner of the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction
Winner of the Whitbread Novel Award and Whitbred Book of the Year
Winner of the 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best Book

Which small island is Andrea Levy referring to in her fourth and multi-prize winning novel, which has swept the UK, Commonwealth and now North America with its captivating story? Centered around two young Jamaican immigrants—Gilbert Joseph and Hortense Roberts, and two young London residents—Queenie Bligh and Bernard, the book drifts from the sweetly scented colors and musical accents of the Caribbean to the muted urban quotidian coherence of London, circa WWII.

Levy deftly portrays the hopes and dreams, travails and injustices heaped on both sides of the Immigrant/Mother-Country equation; a scenario seemingly familiar to us all—but which begs reminding what grace and amity can exist amidst prejudice and enmity. At a time when civil rights in America were beginning to brew, people of color in other parts of the world were received with a mixture of curiosity and distrust. Levy captures the pride, fear, courage and resolve, (her own parents served as models for the characters).

Small Island is the second book in the WHISTLER READS village wide reading initiative. Pick up a copy and join our public discussions at participating coffee shops this and next month.

Click on the book image to purchase here, or pick up a copy of this book at participating coffee shops in Whistler, or purchase via the “buy books” feature on or from the local book store. Then read and underline and turn down pages and write in the margins — and bring all of that with you to one of the following discussion dates:

Blenz (next to IGA/Starbucks) May 26th 6:30-8 pm
Java @ Nesters: May 31st 2pm-3:30pm
Starbucks (next to IGA/Blenz) June 2nd 2pm-3:30 pm
Pony Expresso (Pemberton) June 2nd 6:30-8:00 pm

Sign-up at participating venues OR better yet, register to become a WHISTLER READS book group member (and get all the news, updates, books, information and meet other readers in your community.)

CLICK ON: “Register
SELECT: “Invited to join an existing group” (then type in Whistler Reads)
The rest is easy!


Not restricted to Whistler residents. If you plan to visit Whistler and would like to participate – simply register and join-in.

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