The Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 216st at 1:00pm. This month's selection is Five Little Indians: A Novel, by Michelle Good.

Please contact Joan Friendship-Gray for more information; send email or call (519) 822-8983.


Taken from their families when they are very small and sent to a remote, church-run residential school, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie are barely out of childhood when they are finally released after years of detention.

Alone and without any skills, support or families, the teens find their way to the seedy and foreign world of Downtown Eastside Vancouver, where they cling together, striving to find a place of safety and belonging in a world that doesn’t want them. The paths of the five friends cross and crisscross over the decades as they struggle to overcome, or at least forget, the trauma they endured during their years at the Mission.

Fuelled by rage and furious with God, Clara finds her way into the dangerous, highly charged world of the American Indian Movement. Maisie internalizes her pain and continually places herself in dangerous situations. Famous for his daring escapes from the school, Kenny can’t stop running and moves restlessly from job to job—through fishing grounds, orchards and logging camps—trying to outrun his memories and his addiction. Lucy finds peace in motherhood and nurtures a secret compulsive disorder as she waits for Kenny to return to the life they once hoped to share together. After almost beating one of his tormentors to death, Howie serves time in prison, then tries once again to re-enter society and begin life anew.

With compassion and insight, Five Little Indians chronicles the desperate quest of these residential school survivors to come to terms with their past and, ultimately, find a way forward.
 

Club Selections for 2024-25

 

The Maid, by Nita Prose
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin
The Spoon Stealer, by Lesley Crewe
The Piano Maker, by Kurt Palka
The Fortunes of Jaded Women, by Carolyn Huynh
The Last Chance Library, by Freya Sampson
The Sleeping Car Porter, by Suzette Mayr
The Four Winds, by Kristin Hannah
Bush Runner: the adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson, by Mark Bourrie.