These are just some of the words used in our live discussion of April’s Book Club title, A Death in the Family.
Following the story of author Karl Ove Knausgaard, the autobiographical novel is a literary sensation in Norway and one that’s divided opinion ever since its first publication.
I’ve attended a few book clubs, but rarely seen a title that’s provoked so much discussion. Within minutes the group were heatedly debating everything from the protagonist’s character, the author’s unusual writing style and how such a unique book ever came to be a success.
The group even moved on to discussing what wasn’t in the book: what the characters didn’t do and what wasn’t mentioned. Like it or not, it certainly got under the skin, and made for a great book club debate.