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Small Press Book Group: Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn
June 4 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Discover new voices from all over the world, published by small, independent and innovative presses.
If you’re interested in broadening your reading horizons and picking up books that are published by the growing number of innovative, creative small presses, this group is for you! From fiction in translation to local micro presses, the Small Press Book Group celebrates and explores all that the publishing world has to offer! How it works Reserve a space on the website for the next book group, or call/email/pop in to the shop to reserve a place. Please let us know in plenty time if you can no longer attend so we can offer your place to someone else. Please turn up on time so we can begin the discussion promptly. Please read the book before coming!
In the next Small Press Book Group we’re reading Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn, a collection of short stories longlisted for the Women’s Fiction Prize 2019 and published by Fairlight Books.
When Alina’s brother-in-law defects to the West, she and her husband become persons of interest to the secret services, causing both of their careers to come grinding to a halt.
As the strain takes its toll on their marriage, Alina turns to her aunt for help – the wife of a communist leader and a secret practitioner of the old folk ways. Set in 1970s communist Romania, this novella-in-flash draws upon magic realism to weave a tale of everyday troubles that can’t be put down.
‘A story to savour, to smile at, to rage against and to weep over.’ – Zoe Gilbert, author of Folk