Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively; Excellent Book Group Pick
I always like Penelope Lively's work. The Photograph, Making It Up, Family Album, Consequences, and her over 20 other fiction and nonfiction titles. She is a great children's books writer, as well, -- over 25 titles. But my favorite is Moon Tiger, winner of the Booker Prize, first released in 1987. Great characters and many lively topics to discuss in a reading group.
Brief publisher summary.
Claudia Hampton, a beautiful, famous writer, lies dying in hospital. But, as the nurses tend to her with quiet condescension, she is plotting her greatest work: ‘a history of the world … and in the process, my own’.
Gradually she re-creates the rich mosaic of her life and times, conjuring up those she has known. There is Gordon, her adored brother; Jasper, the charming, untrustworthy lover and father of Lisa, her cool, conventional daughter; and Tom, her one great love, both found and lost in wartime Egypt.
Penelope Lively’s Booker Prize-winning novel weaves an exquisite mesh of memories, flashbacks and shifting voices, in a haunting story of loss and desire.
Moon Tiger was selected as The Guardian May Book Club. Interesting 4-part series includedes John Mullan discussion of book and reader's comments Great series!
There are plenty of editions of Moon Tiger with, of course, plenty of varied covers. My favorite is the edition Grove Press released in 1997 -- seen left.
Try Moon Tiger as one of your reading group selections -- you won't be sorry!