Event date: March 5, 2020
Event Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
200 Municipal Drive
Hoover, AL 35216
Bring a friend & join us to discuss The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. Our book groups are a fun way to delve deeper into your love of literature by sharing it with others! Refreshments included.
Allende’s magical and sweeping tale focuses on two survivors of separation and loss: the elderly, renowned designer Alma Belasco, whose silk-screened creations fuel the family foundation, and her young secretary, mysterious Irina Bazili, who works at the progressive old people’s home, Lark House, where Alma lives. Their narratives, however, go far beyond the retelling of Alma’s remarkable affair with a Japanese gardener’s son, Ichimei Fukuda, its heartbreaking end, and her subsequent marriage to loyal friend Nathaniel—or Irina’s heartbreaking struggle to break free of her haunting past. Allende sweeps these women up in the turmoil of families torn apart by WWII and ravaged by racism, poverty, horrific sexual abuse—and old age, to which Allende pays eloquent attention.