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October Bookclub: The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman
Wednesday 28 October at 8.00pm
We will be reading The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman by Susan Johnson.
When their reclusive father, Henry, shoots himself, the lives of three brilliant and unconventional siblings are upended. His daughter Eleanor finds a will: Henry has left his entire estate to a mystery woman. Hiding this from her brother and sister, Eleanor sets out to uncover the confronting truth about her father’s past.
Henry, though, isn’t the only Hoffman with secrets. As his children fall out over their inheritance, they learn things about each other they could never even have imagined.
The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman is a story of love, loss and survival. Its subjects are those that affect us all: family conflict, guilt and redemption, and how trauma resonates across generations.
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The Text Factors Sun Sessions
We’re really excited to be hosting a new concept in reading at The Sun – The Text Factor’s Guided Book Club hosted by local poet and tertiary teacher Rose Lucas. Rose will take us through a series of great books in facilitated discussions. Some of the books are selected from this year’s VCE English lists and so will be of particular interest to parents and students alike. All the books will appeal to every reader who is looking both for some pointers and to have informed, lively discussion around some of literature’s – and life’s – big questions.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Rosemary's young, just at college, and she's decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we're not going to tell you too much either: you'll have to find out for yourselves, round about page 77, what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other.
Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone – vanished from her life. There's something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. And it was this decision, made by her parents, to give Rosemary a sister like no other, that began all of Rosemary's trouble. So now she's telling her story: full of hilarious asides and brilliantly spiky lines, it's a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice.
It's funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you. We hope you enjoy it, and if, when you're telling a friend about it, you do decide to spill the beans about Fern – it's pretty hard to resist – don't worry. One of the few studies Rosemary doesn't quote says that spoilers actually enhance reading.
Wednesday 14 October, The Sun Theatre, 7.30–9.00 p.m.
$25 per session. 10% discount on the book for everyone.
Bookings at www.thetextfactor.com.au