Title: Akin
Authors: Donoghue, Emma
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 335
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: The retired New York professor and the street wise eleven-year-old make for an odd pair. Foisted on him at the eleventh hour by an insistent social worker, Noah Salvaggio reluctantly accepts his great-nephew Michael as a travelling companion on a much-anticipated trip to Nice. For it is here on the Cote d'Azur that Noah's mother had weathered the storms of Nazi occupation, but with some disconcerting photos casting confusion on her experiences.

Both a mystery and a family drama, this is an intriguing story of intergenerational reckoning and a glimpse at the French Riviera's wartime past.
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Humour, Relationships, Uplifting, France, America, 2021 Titles


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By: CHCH 299 2021-12-07 15:51:22
Mixed reactions to this one from the group, from those who hated it, thought the pacing was slow, the characters unrealistic, and the dialogue unbelievable, to those who thought it an enjoyable story that was easy to read. All agreed, even those who loved the book, that it stretched credibility at times, eg, with social services allowing an elderly man to take a child out of the country and the main character jumping to the conclusion that his mother was a Nazi collaborator.

By: NAP 005 2021-11-16 00:06:08
Most of the group thoroughly enjoyed the book. One member felt that it was a bit heavy-handed in it's message. We felt this book would thoroughly be enjoyed by teenagers as well. But it was very popular and a lovely read with the descriptions of Nice and the meeting of the generations.

By: AUCK 172 2021-08-25 09:55:52
An easy read but rather predictable. Enjoyed descriptions of Nice. Thought the boy's character too old for 11 years!

By: HAVE 016 2021-08-23 12:36:28
Two thirds of the group enjoyed the book, particularly for the growing relationship between Noah and Michael, and for the setting in Nice. 1/3 of the group felt it was flat and a bit contrived, and not as engaging as her previous book 'Room'.

By: CHCH 318 2021-06-25 12:04:44
Some people really liked Akin, and others found it too slow and not so good to read.

By: AUCK 293 2021-04-14 14:01:43
Akin is a fantastic story. The two main characters Noah and Michael are very believable. Very amusing in parts, and Emma Donoghue once again reels you in for a great tale.

By: NELS 015 2021-04-07 14:07:27
Almost everyone enjoyed this book, it had several intriguing storylines and an insightful view of inter-generational differences. Some quibbled over feasibility, eg. could Noah have actually taken Michael on an overseas trip having only just met him - legality issues? Nevertheless a great read.

By: WHITIAN 002 2021-03-10 10:25:40
We thought the portrayal of the 2 main characters was very true to life. The books develops slowly as the relationship unfolds on their enforced journey together to France. The back story of Noah's mother during the war years was an added intrigue, and the past gave a bridge to the generation gap, with Michael's clearer eye and more tech-savvy skills, and Noah's experience. Overall we enjoyed the intergenerational conflicts.

By: NELS 040 2021-03-08 13:34:10
Enjoyed by the group - a good gentle read.

By: BLENH 016 2021-03-08 13:28:57
A touching story about family, and what makes us family.

By: RICH 005 2021-03-08 11:29:06
The majority of our group enjoyed this book. Some thought it was a little slow, but well-written with lots of detail. The interaction between Noah and Michael was very real and enlightening. Loved all the characters!!

By: CHCH 503 2021-01-27 09:23:42
An interesting plot, which was a bit long winded at times - very well written. The diversity, especially with language between young and old, was well done.

By: AUCK 285 2020-11-19 11:46:58
A popular book - easy to read and appreciated for the descriptions of Nice, and the development of the relationship between the older great uncle and the young nephew. They start out as strangers, but through the book and their trip back to the great uncle's hometown, develop a bond and relationship that we know continued on after the story ended. Some thought it was predictable and preachy, but the majority enjoyed it as a pleasant and positive story.

By: MATUA 001 2020-08-10 13:37:27
We all really enjoyed this book.

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