Other Fruit Queer Book Group: Concerning My Daughter
The Other Fruit Bookclub centers LGBTQ+ books, authors and readers and from spring 2023 is hosted by Grey (they/them)!
All are welcome to attend and take part in our discussions, however we ask that if you do not identify at LGBTQ+ you approach the book club as an opportunity for listening and support and give precedence to others in discussion.
We read and discuss one book each month and are currently meeting online - althrough there is a core group of regulars, new faces join each discussion and some people dip in and out depending on whether the book grabs their attention.
We regularly have the honour of welcoming the books' authors to answer some questions so keep an eye out for these special occasions!
We offer bookclubbers 10% off the reading list, so just use the code OTHERFRUIT at checkout for that to apply
When a mother allows her thirty-something daughter to move into her apartment, she wants for her what many mothers might say they want for their child: a steady income, and, even better, a good husband with a good job with whom to start a family. But when Green turns up with her girlfriend, Lane, in tow, her mother is unprepared and unwilling to welcome Lane into her home. In fact, she can barely bring herself to be civil.
Having centred her life on her husband and child, her daughter's definition of family is not one she can accept. Her daughter's involvement in a case of unfair dismissal involving gay colleagues from the university where she works is similarly strange to her. And yet when the care home where she works insists that she lower her standard of care for an elderly dementia patient who has no family, who travelled the world as a successful diplomat, who chose not to have children, Green's mother cannot accept it.
Why should not having chosen a traditional life mean that your life is worth nothing at all?In Concerning My Daughter, translated from Korean by Jamie Chang, Kim Hye-jin lays bare our most universal fears on ageing, death, and isolation, to offer finally a paean to love in all its forms.