Book Club II to meet November 19

Event Date: 
Friday, November 19, 2021 - 2:00pm

UMRA’s Fourth Friday Book Club will discuss Burnt Shadows by the British novelist Kamila Shamsie when it meets at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 19, via Zoom. This is a change from the usual date, which would have been the day after Thanksgiving.

Burnt Shadows is the fifth of Shamsie’s six novels. It is a vast chronicle of the shared histories of two families, all in the context of several international tragedies in recent history. You could say that all modern life is here: from the final days of World War II in Japan to India on the brink of partition in 1947, political turmoil in Pakistan in the early 1980s, New York City in the aftermath of 9/11, Afghanistan and the ensuing bombing campaigns, and the detention of prisoners at Guantanamo. 

Shamsie is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been recognized with many awards, including the 2017 Man Booker Prize, the 2018 Costa Best Novel Award, and the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction.

The Fourth Friday Book Club will also discuss its 2022 program. No December meeting is planned.

Please contact Margaret Catambay at or Dorothy Marden at for more information. Newcomers are always welcome!


Publication date: 
October 26, 2021
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