Savvy Readers, we’re celebrating a new book from one of our all-time favourite Canadian authors today: Emma Donoghue! If you haven’t read Room yet, stop reading this blog post right now and go do that! If you have, keep on reading to learn more about her newest book, Akin!
I’m a contemporary reader through and through, so when I heard Emma Donoghue was coming out with her first contemporary novel since Room (which, as mentioned above, I loved!) I snatched up a copy as soon as I could.
Akin follows a retired New York professor whose life is thrown into chaos. Just a few days away from his first trip back to Nice since he was a child, Noah receives a call from a social worker who is looking for a temporary home for Michael, his eleven-year-old great-nephew. Noah has never met the boy, but he ultimately gets talked into taking him along to France.
Michael is your typical sassy eleven-year-old who is more interested in the games on his phone than anything else. His love of soft drinks and his occasional swearing drive Noah up the wall. As the odd couple—suffering from jet lag and culture shock—embark on their journey to the French Riviera, the trip is looking like a disaster.
But soon Michael’s ease with tech and his sharp eye begin to help Noah unearth the troubling details about their family’s past, and both of them come to grasp the risks that people in all eras have run for their loved ones, and find they are more akin than they knew.
I loved every moment of Akin, but the novel really started to pick up for me when Noah and Michael began to dive deeper into Noah’s mother’s wartime secrets. The historical strings that this story plays with adds to the psychological intensity of the novel.
I can’t wait for you to read this funny, heart-wrenching, touching tale of an old man and a boy, who must unpick their painful story and start to write a new one together.
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