December’s Book of the Month was Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny. Read what our Trusted Reviewers thought below!
‘This was a very different book that I wouldn’t usually have been drawn to. So glad you had it as the month’s book because it was very good. I loved Matthew’s character, the origami, the food preferences just all the small details which made it so captivating.’
A word from Trusted Reviewer, Beverly Curry:
‘You really cannot judge another person’s behaviour, another person’s life until you have lived it, as the saying goes and I feel I have walked in the shoes of these characters ad now benefit from a much better understanding of the very real difficulties parenthood, of special needs children in particular is and the life long effect that a condition such as autism has on a family unit. Read More
Which part did you find the funniest?
‘It was all humorous. I did enjoy parts with Graham’s secretary Olivia. So naive! Wishing there was a machine that cooked rice for you, overweight luggage. Just the rather sweet relationship between them.’ – Trusted Reviewer, Valerie Hurry
‘It’s very difficult to pick one particular part but I would have to say that all the scenes with the Origami Club were hilarious but still with that lovely touch of pathos that runs through the book at a whole.’ – Trusted Reviewer, Leonie Burke
‘The visit to the Origami club, meeting the members, especially Clayton and his wife who was so in control of all of the eccentricities of the small group.I was reading this section in bed and interrupted my husband’s reading in order to read this section to him and we were both laughing out loud as I read it. Read More
Who was your favourite character?
Our Trusted Reviewers loved Graham, Matthew, Audra and Elspeth most.
Here’s what Trusted Reviewer, Leonie Burke, thought about Audra:
‘If anything is a marvel, it’s the incredible Audra, a force of nature like no other! I started off thinking Audra was possibly the most annoying woman in the world, but as different aspects of her character were revealed I think I fell a little bit in love with her.’
‘How such an annoying and irritating character as Audra can worm her way into your heart is a testament to the incredible skill of Katherine Heiny.’
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