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  1. says:

    I ve enjoyed everything by Emma Donoghue that I ve read, so there was no doubting I was going to miss out on this With the frequency of grandparents taking care of grandkids because the parents are dead or incarcerated, it s just a slight stretch that a great uncle would get the call Noah, a 79 year old professor, gets just that request right before he s due to visit Nice, his place of birth and a place he hasn t seen since leaving when he was four As someone who s not a natural with kids, I I ve enjoyed everything by Emma Donoghue that I ve read, so there was no doubting I was going to miss out on this With the frequency of grandparents taking care of grandkids because the parents are dead or incarcerated, it s just a slight stretch that a great uncle would get the call Noah, a 79 year old professor, gets just that request right before he s due to visit Nice, his place of birth and a place he hasn t seen since leaving when he was four As someone who s not a natural with kids, I immediately bonded with Noah Donoghue totally gets that fight to keep some level of communication going and what a struggle it is, especially when things we take for granted grammar, history are total unknowns to the youngster Noah s efforts to explain an adverb vs an adjective could have been lifted from my life And the generational divide overrides every socio economic difference, especially when it comes to an addiction to electronics The kid was looking at his phone again Ah, back to the screen You talk a lot dude, Michael murmured without looking up There s a mystery to solve as well Noah has snapshots his mother took during the war But they re such odd photos, he s not sure what where who they involve While in Nice, he attempts to solve the puzzle I loved this book Between the characters, the mystery and the beautiful writing,I was entranced I loved how even throw away lines rang so true They climbed the steps, Noah s hip speaking to him Tourism was such an odd mixture of the tiring and the hedonistic And how photography was a constant theme throughout the book My thanks to netgalley and Little, Brown for an advance copy of this book


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    As in her bestselling novel Room, Donoghue returns to the relationship of an adult and child Unlike Room, the circumstances are very different At the age of 79, Noah is a retired Chemistry professor, with a trip planned to Nice, France with a bundle of photographs His intention is to uncover the mystery of his mother s stay in France during WWII His plans are soon derailed when he is asked to take temporary guardianship of Michael, an eleven year old great nephew he has never met Soon the t As in her bestselling novel Room, Donoghue returns to the relationship of an adult and child Unlike Room, the circumstances are very different At the age of 79, Noah is a retired Chemistry professor, with a trip planned to Nice, France with a bundle of photographs His intention is to uncover the mystery of his mother s stay in France during WWII His plans are soon derailed when he is asked to take temporary guardianship of Michael, an eleven year old great nephew he has never met Soon the two are in Nice, and off to a shaky beginning A life of privilege meets a life that was anything but A life of crime, drugs, and fearsome neighborhoods On the surface this is a charming novel, amusing at times, and wondrous as an elderly man who never had children, tries to relate to a young boy who has already endured much There are hidden depths within, with the unveiling of Noah s mother s life, and her activities during the war By books end both man and boy come to different realizations, and this easy flowing story holdsthan one surprise A delightful and meaningful read Don t smash your foot So many ways Noah couldn t protect this boy it was like traveling with s bag of bananas he had little chance of delivering unbruised ARC from Edelweiss The future wasurgent than the past, he decided, even if the two were entangled Like the line he read in the Resistance museum never hate, but never forget


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    Beginning in New York City At the start of this novel.social worker, Rosa Figueroa connects the 79 year old retired widowed professor Noah Selvaggio, and his 11 year old great nephew, Michael Young, together.Michael s mother, Amber, was in prison Michael s father, Victor, died young from a drug overdose, who was married to Noah s sister, Fernande Fernande was dead too Noah lost his wife, his sister, his parents, and his job Noah had one friend Vivienne Vivienne had been Joan s best frie Beginning in New York City At the start of this novel.social worker, Rosa Figueroa connects the 79 year old retired widowed professor Noah Selvaggio, and his 11 year old great nephew, Michael Young, together.Michael s mother, Amber, was in prison Michael s father, Victor, died young from a drug overdose, who was married to Noah s sister, Fernande Fernande was dead too Noah lost his wife, his sister, his parents, and his job Noah had one friend Vivienne Vivienne had been Joan s best friend So, through osmosis and especially with the death of Joan, Noah remained friends with his wife s best friend Vivienne But mostly, Noah was alone in the world in the same way his great nephew was also alone in the world The only family Michael had next akin was Noah Michael lost both parents had no siblings, aunts or uncles Oh and what a little spitfire Michael is It s a treasure dancing along side of Michael and Noah s relationship Their growth is sincerely moving Noah knew about Michael s existence.the unstable history of his parents,.but the two of them had never met until wellthey were to become the odd couple I enjoyed getting to know Noah from the start He was grieving his dead wife Joan, and slightly grieving his retirement as a professor I was impressed that this older man felt confident to take a pretty big trip alone at his age While Noah was packing a suitcase for his trip to France, counting out socks, he was having inner voice conversations with his dead wife, Joan I felt his loss I felt his love I felt his loneliness I felt sad but I was also in aw of him I felt privileged to begin to know him While cleaning out personal belongings Noah found some old photographs of his mother which tied into Noah s overseas trip Noah s purpose in going to Nice, France was to uncover wartime s secrets from his mother involvement with the Nazi s during WWII He had many questions I did too I was definitely curious about this mystery But first back to the circumstances that brought Noah and Michael together It felt unlikely to me that a social worker would consider placing the young boy with an almost 80 year old who was about to leave the county But I went with it.Note I just finished another book where I had to suspend beliefs in The Book of Dreams , by Nina George.It s challenging for me to recover my confidence of greatness for a novel once I ve had to suspend beliefs However I did recover Somehow, Emma Donogue pulled it off Pulled it off great My emotions were involved Emma s writing is what s soooo terrific the dialogue the details the intimacy the visuals the atmospheric tie between the characters and setting and her ability to know when to use witty humorand when to be serious No question about it Noah and Michael were an unlikely duo but as the story gets moving it becomes impossible to put down Emma knew what she was doing I was returned to confidence I could sit back and enjoy the journey.which I did VERY MUCH.I came to love the relationship between Noah Michael and I loved them each as individuals Emma s heartfelt journey of mystery, history, family, and love was delightfully incorrigibly wonderful Perhaps another movie Thank You Netgalley, Little Brown and Company,and Emma Donoghue


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    I loved Akin 79 year old Noah is about to embark on a trip to Nice when he receives an unexpected call requesting assistance to care for his 11 year old great nephew, Michael Instead of cancelling the trip, Noah begrudgingly agrees to temporarily assume responsibility for Michael and brings him along to France.Noah hasn t been back to Nice since he left, as a young child He has photos of his mother there and is trying to solve some unknowns about her life and potential involvement in WWII No I loved Akin 79 year old Noah is about to embark on a trip to Nice when he receives an unexpected call requesting assistance to care for his 11 year old great nephew, Michael Instead of cancelling the trip, Noah begrudgingly agrees to temporarily assume responsibility for Michael and brings him along to France.Noah hasn t been back to Nice since he left, as a young child He has photos of his mother there and is trying to solve some unknowns about her life and potential involvement in WWII Noah and Michael are skeptical of one another Michael has had to endurehardship and tragedy than any 11 year old should While not always appropriate, I did appreciate his blunt communication style, finding it to be fairly realistic of kids Their often unfiltered view of the world, both touching and humorous I m wary of making comparisons as they sometimes tend to disappoint, and can distort expectations, however, with some story elements in Akin, I couldn t help but be reminded of the movie Up and the book, Clock Dance, both of which I greatly enjoyedHe and the boy were quite alien to each other, he decided Yet in an odd way, akin


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    4 stars A multi layered, endearing and intriguing family journey.The main relationship in this novel is between great uncle and great nephew Seventy nine year old widowed Noah, is great uncle to Michael, the son of Noah s deceased nephew Noah finds himself in the position of being the only living relative able to take guardianship over Michael when his maternal grandmother passes away This was a unique and very interesting relationship to explore, especially since Noah and Michael had never 4 stars A multi layered, endearing and intriguing family journey.The main relationship in this novel is between great uncle and great nephew Seventy nine year old widowed Noah, is great uncle to Michael, the son of Noah s deceased nephew Noah finds himself in the position of being the only living relative able to take guardianship over Michael when his maternal grandmother passes away This was a unique and very interesting relationship to explore, especially since Noah and Michael had never met prior to the start of the novel I enjoyed following their journey while getting to know one another The author, Emma Donoghue, weaves an interesting tale that has a strong sense of family mystery Noah aims to explore his family history that holds many secrets He stumbles across several photographs at the start of the book which entice him to look deeper into his past to find answers to questions that have been weighing on his mind for years The family mystery that floats throughout the novel kept me invested and intrigued One of my favourite parts of the narrative was Noah s deceased wife s thoughts speaking to Noah in his mind He could hear his late wife s reactions and thoughts to several situations which I found very touching and heartfelt It added a layer of emotion and feeling that strengthened my connection to Noah who was strong yet vulnerable I adored him I had the immense pleasure of attending an Author Series Event where Emma Donoghue spoke earlier this week She was highly entertaining and extremely insightful into her writing process I was surprised to learn that Michael was a late addition to the novel, being added after she had created Noah and his story I always find it interesting to learn how an author creates their characters and storyline and what inspires them Much of Michael s character was inspired by Emma s own children Overall, this was a well written, thought provoking, entertaining novel that I would highly recommend It is not action packed, or brimming with suspense, but contains the perfect mix of family mystery, endearing characters and beautiful writing.Thank you to my lovely local library for lending me their copy of this excellent novel


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    Find all of my reviews at StarsAm I in a book slump It seems my mehs are seriously outweighing my yeahs at this point Alright, so I m the naysayer when it comes to the Akin party I don t know what s wrong with me Aside from the aforementioned possible slump as well as the fact that I consistently suck turtles I mean, there s zero doubt that Emma Donoghue knows how to tell a story unfortunately I just didn t connect with this one.Maybe my expectat Find all of my reviews at StarsAm I in a book slump It seems my mehs are seriously outweighing my yeahs at this point Alright, so I m the naysayer when it comes to the Akin party I don t know what s wrong with me Aside from the aforementioned possible slump as well as the fact that I consistently suck turtles I mean, there s zero doubt that Emma Donoghue knows how to tell a story unfortunately I just didn t connect with this one.Maybe my expectations were too high I was lucky enough to read Room before the hype train left the station and no one had ever heard of it and I picked up and really enjoyed The Wonder upon my reaction to Room I actually took a gander at the blurb after wiping the drool off my face from that gorgeous cover and went into this expecting a feel good tale in the form of an elderly curmudgeon obtaining a new lease on life courtesy of a sassy whippersnapper Well, I got the sassy whippersnapperIt s an, rather than a, when it s followed by a vowel an atheist Like, you re AN asshole He supposed he deserved that one. And I guess I got the feel good but not in the form I was expecting we ll get to that in a second However, the elderly curmudgeon I was hoping for Notsamuch More like But with a very large side order of Which, lemme tell ya, was 100% not believable when talking about a 79 year old who talks like an instruction manual and never had any children.As for the story itself Well It starts with our main character Noah preparing for a trip to the South of France where he was born He s forced to alter his plans adding a plus one when a never before met great nephew named Michael emerges needing an emergency interim caretaker due to his mother being in the slammer Things got awkward for me immediately upon the arrival to Nice, which either was already pre planned as one of the most boring walks down memory lane EVER or went off the rails into a Nancy Drew episode upon Noah discovering some old photographs while cleaning out his recently deceased sister s things that he decides must be monumental or she wouldn t have kept them despite her being described as a bit of a packrat with boxes upon boxes of mementos that hold absolutely no sentimental value to Noah Now, mind you, these two are staying here But it s like the author has ever been there despite having lived there and being very vocal about how much she loves the South of France because very little regarding the fact that it is a paradise is mentioned Instead they go searching for the source and story behind these old pictures Noah eats stereotypical touristy types of food that an American with a real daring palate would eat like snails Michael is a child so he pretty much only wants French fries Young Michael also proves to be the real brains behind the organization and can take one gander at a photo and instantly know what it is where it might be despite the fact that he s ELEVEN years old and has never been to Nice This is the second book I ve reviewed in as many days where the characters didn t feel authentic and had me wondering if Donoghue has ever met an eleven year old This kid readlike 14 or 15, aside from the fact that he did do that really effing annoying thing all kids seem to be doing now Michael called it ballgazers and that actually made me laugh a little but I m sure would not please most parents and teachers My kids just say that s a neck and then karate chop the shit out of you for looking Michael s unfortunate familial circumstances also get whitewashed because apparently this is a book about an adult child relationship that is very unlike Room in that no darkness should dare to tread The mystery of the photos could have been something that resulted in an amazingly skillet to the face type of reveal, but no Again, this book is all about love and light Except when it came to any time Noah talked about his nephew and Michael s father WTF was up with that


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    1.5 I will select thecivil notes I scribbled while reading this one Pretentious wind bagging does a recently abandoned child need to know how a Le Corbusier chair works Stop peppering Dude in every conversation between the old man and the eleven year old Reading about characters googling historical information and then relaying said information does not make for exciting reading.There is just not enough story here and it is criminally boring Whispered to myself Find something 1.5 I will select thecivil notes I scribbled while reading this one Pretentious wind bagging does a recently abandoned child need to know how a Le Corbusier chair works Stop peppering Dude in every conversation between the old man and the eleven year old Reading about characters googling historical information and then relaying said information does not make for exciting reading.There is just not enough story here and it is criminally boring Whispered to myself Find something positive to say Good substitute for the Lonely Planet guide to Nice Well at least we will always have Room


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    Touching Witty Heartbreaking Emma Donoghue s latest is all of those andThis was such a wonderful read that I found myself savoring it, reading only a chapter or so a night, making it last.Noah is a retired chemistry professor living in New York His wife, Joan, passed away nearly a decade ago Noah is originally from France, and he s finally planned a trip to his birthplace, Nice But shortly before his trip, he receives a call from social services he is the only available relative ab Touching Witty Heartbreaking Emma Donoghue s latest is all of those andThis was such a wonderful read that I found myself savoring it, reading only a chapter or so a night, making it last.Noah is a retired chemistry professor living in New York His wife, Joan, passed away nearly a decade ago Noah is originally from France, and he s finally planned a trip to his birthplace, Nice But shortly before his trip, he receives a call from social services he is the only available relative able to take care of Michael, an eleven year old great nephew he s never even met Noah reluctantly agrees to take Michael on his trip This unlikely pair take on Nice together looking at France through two very different lenses But Michael s tech savvy helps Noah as he attempts to unravel some details about his family s past, and Noah can t help but see some of his late troubled nephew in this funny, acerbic boy.I fell hard for Noah and Michael Donoghue captures them perfectly Their wit, their banter, and their various insecurities This book is alternately hilarious and heart wrenching It s beautifully written, touching, and just a lovely read 4 stars Highly recommend Blog Twitter Facebook Instagram PaperBackSwap Smashbomb


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    Emma Donoghue was a successful novelist long before her seventh novel, Room, eclipsed all her previous work and brought her international fame If you read it, you ll never forget 5 year old Jack, who describes living his entire life with Ma in a backyard dungeon We see their lives as an unspeakable ordeal of deprivation and rape, but Jack s mother makes sure that her son sees their tiny cell as a world filled with wonder.With her new book, Akin, Donoghue returns to the story of a child and Emma Donoghue was a successful novelist long before her seventh novel, Room, eclipsed all her previous work and brought her international fame If you read it, you ll never forget 5 year old Jack, who describes living his entire life with Ma in a backyard dungeon We see their lives as an unspeakable ordeal of deprivation and rape, but Jack s mother makes sure that her son sees their tiny cell as a world filled with wonder.With her new book, Akin, Donoghue returns to the story of a child and an adult trapped together But the circumstances are far less bizarre, the constraints less intense If Room was a horror novel laced with sweetness, Akin is a sweet novel laced with horror It s the story of a man learning late in life to expand his sense of family, to realize as never before who his kin are.The protagonist is a chemistry professor named Noah Selvaggio who recently retired to avoid the risk of becoming a laughingstock Professor in his late seventies sounded rather admirable, Noah thinks, but professor in his eighties No thanks That sensible decision epitomizes Noah s tough realism Confronted with the challenge of filling unscheduled days in New York City, he decides to jump start his new life with a trip to Nice, France for the annual Carnival There, he plans to celebrate his 80th birthday and reconnect with his hometown, a place he hasn t seen since he was shipped off to America as a child to escape the Nazis To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post https www.washingtonpost.com entert


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    Emma Donoghue is a mesmerizing writer who is not afraid to take chances When reading her previous books Room, for example, or The Wonder I did not come up for air So my first reaction on her latest book was a bit of disappointment A retired New York professor s life is thrown into chaos when he takes a young grand nephew to France in hopes of uncovering his own mother s secrets from World War II Really Hadn t I read the old man young boy child is father to the man story many times Emma Donoghue is a mesmerizing writer who is not afraid to take chances When reading her previous books Room, for example, or The Wonder I did not come up for air So my first reaction on her latest book was a bit of disappointment A retired New York professor s life is thrown into chaos when he takes a young grand nephew to France in hopes of uncovering his own mother s secrets from World War II Really Hadn t I read the old man young boy child is father to the man story many times already Domenico Starnone s Ties, to name just one And World War II isn t that inevitably going to mean another book about Nazi collaborators Well, I needn t have worried This is, after all, Emma Donoghue And even though it s not quite as ambitious as her previous work, it s a fascinating, page turning, turn the formula on its head sort of read.Why is it so good For one thing, Noah, the chemistry professor on the cusp of his 80th birthday and Michael, the 11 year old boy whose father is dead and whose mother is incarcerated, are about as authentic as it gets All the jargon all the innocence combined with pretend disinterest and jadedness all the wheedling and foul mouth bravado it s all here in Michael, who can, in turn, be defiant, endearing, and downright exhausting Noah s attempts to bridge the communication gap and try to earn a bit of the boy s respects are also touching But Emma Donoghue never resorts to manipulative sentimentality or tired tropes Noah and Michael can step off the pages.Also, a third important character in the book is the French city of Nice The author spent a few years there with her wife and children and her familiarity with Nice shows The Carnival, the museums, the food Michael s reactions to unfamiliar French food is hilariously real , the back history all of it adds another dimension to his already intriguing tale.I haven t said much about the plot because that s for readers to discover for themselves Suffice to say that it hinges on some mystifying photos that Noah s vanished mother took during the war years His logical powers of deduction clash and eventually merge with Michael simaginative mind as answers begin to reveal themselves All in all, a very satisfying book 4.5 stars Thanks to LittleBrown for an advance copy of one of my favorite writer s work in exchange for an honest review EmmaDonoghue Akin


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Akin 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 Akin Than They KnewWritten 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