Akin

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Akin
  • Emma Donoghue
  • 26 December 2018
  • 0316491993

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Akin A retired New York professor s life is thrown into chaos when he takes a young great nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother s wartime secrets in the next masterpiece from New York Times bestselling author Emma Donoghue Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower living on the Upper West Side, but born in the South of France He is days away from his first visit back to Nice since he was a child, bringing with him a handful of puzzling photos he s discovered from his mother s wartime years But he receives a call from social services Noah is the closest available relative of an eleven year old great nephew he s never met, who urgently needs someone to look after him Out of a feeling of obligation, Noah agrees to take Michael along on his trip Much has changed in this famously charming seaside mecca, still haunted by memories of the Nazi occupation The unlikely duo, suffering from jet lag and culture shock, bicker about everything from steak frites to screen time But Noah gradually comes to appreciate the boy s truculent wit, and Michael s ease with tech and sharp eye help Noah unearth troubling details about their family s past Both come to grasp the risks people in all eras have run for their loved ones, and find they areakin than they knew.Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room an international bestseller, Akin is a funny, heart wrenching tale of an old man and a boy, born two generations apart, who unpick their painful story and start to write a new one together. New Download Akin [ By ] Emma Donoghue [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – scottishhomebakingawards.co.uk

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15 thoughts on “Akin

  1. Liz says:

    I ve enjoyed everything by Emma Donoghue that I ve read, so there was no doubting I was going to miss out on this With the frequency of grandparents taking care of grandkids because the parents are dead or incarcerated, it s just a slight stretch that a great uncle would get the call Noah, a 79 year old professor, gets just that request right before he s due to visit Nice, his place of birth and a place he hasn t seen since leaving when he was four As someone who s not a natural with kids, I I ve enjoyed everything by Emma Donoghue that I ve read, so there was no doubting I was going to miss out on this With the frequency of grandparents taking care of grandkids because the parents are dead or incarcerated, it s just a slight stretch that a great uncle would get the call Noah, a 79 year old professor, gets just that request right before he s due to visit Nice, his place of birth and a place he hasn t seen since leaving when he was four As someone who s not a natural with kids, I immediately bonded with Noah Donoghue totally gets that fight to keep some level of communication going and what a struggle it is, especiall...

  2. Jill says:

    Emma Donoghue is a mesmerizing writer who is not afraid to take chances When reading her previous books Room, for example, or The Wonder I did not come up for air So my first reaction on her latest book was a bit of disappointment A retired New York professor s life is thrown into chaos when he takes a young grand nephew to France in hopes of uncovering his own mother s secrets from World War II Really Hadn t I read the old man young boy child is father to the man story many times Emma Donoghue is a mesmerizing writer who is not afraid to take chances When reading her previous books Room, for example, or The Wonder I did not come up for air So my first reaction on her latest book was a bit of disappointment A retired New York professor s life is thrown into chaos when he takes a young grand nephew to France in hopes of uncovering his own mother s secrets from World War II Really Hadn t I read the old man young boy child is father to the man story many times already Domenico Starnone s Ties, to name just one And World War II isn t that inevitably going to mean another book about Nazi collaborators Well, I needn t have worried This is, after all, Emma Donoghue And even though...

  3. Diane S ☔ says:

    As in her bestselling novel Room, Donoghue returns to the relationship of an adult and child Unlike Room, the circumstances are very different At the age of 79, Noah is a retired Chemistry professor, with a trip planned to Nice, France with a bundle of photographs His intention is to uncover the mystery of his mother s stay in France during WWII His plans are soon derailed when he is asked to take temporary guardianship of Michael, an eleven year old great nephew he has never met Soon the t As in her bestselling novel Room, Donoghue returns to the relationship of an adult and child Unlike Room, the circumstances are very different At the age of 79, Noah is a retired Chemistry professor, with a trip planned to Nice, France with a bundle of photographs His intention is to uncover the mystery of his mother s stay in France during WWII His plans are soon derailed when he is asked to take temporary guardianship of Michael, an eleven year old great nephew he has never met Soon the two are in Nice, and off to a shaky beginning A life of privilege meets a life that was anything but A life of crime, drugs, and fearsome neighborhoods On the surface this is a charming novel,...

  4. Susan Johnson says:

    What a gem of a book I just love that it centers around an older person Noah is turning 80 who is still functioning with all his creaks in his body and quirks in his mind he talks to his dead wife for instance There is just not enough literature about older people and we have been blessed by Olive Kitteridge and now Noah Selvaggio, a former chemistry professor Through a series of circumstances, Noah becomes the temporary guardian of his 11 year old great nephew, Michael This is quite fr What a gem of a book I just love that it centers around an older person Noah is turning 80 who is still functioning with all his creaks in his body and quirks in his mind he talks to his dead wife for instance There is just not enough literature about older people and we have been blessed by Olive Kitteridge and now Noah Selvaggio, a former chemistry professor Through a series of circumstances, Noah becomes the temporary guardian of his 11 year old great nephew, Michael This is quite frustrating for a number of reasons Noah is ready to leave on a trip to his hometown of Nice, France, where he has not been since he was a young child He has never met Michael and, frankly, is not sure he s r...

  5. Umut Reviews says:

    I was really excited to read Donoghue s new book Akin, but I m kind of disappointed Noah is a 79 year old retired scientist, who s about to visit Nice, his birth place after so many years Suddenly, he learns that he s next of kin for Michael 11 years old , who s his great nephew His father died, and mother is in jail with noone to take care of him So, they have to start a forced relationship and travel to Nice together Michael isn t a child friendly person with no child of his own, and Mic I was really excited to read Donoghue s new book Akin, but I m kind of disappointed Noah is a 79 year old retired scientist, who s about to visit Nice, his birth place after so many years Suddenly, he learns that he s next of kin for Michael 11 years old , who s his great nephew His father died, and mother is in jail with noone to take care of him So, they have to start a forced relationship and travel to Nice together Michael isn t a child friendly person with no child of his own, and Michael is kind of a rebel boy In many ways, it reminded me of About A Boy The relationship between these two is intersting to read, it s well written and all Also, a mystery is introduced to the story in Nice f...

  6. SueLucie says:

    What appeared at first to be a story of an old man and a young boy foisted upon each other for a trip abroad for a week, finding they had things to learn from each other in the way of such stories, turned out to be so muchThis element is certainly there and the two characters are spot on, their interaction plays out realistically and I enjoyed their banter, but the author also introduces a little mystery as Noah seeks answers to his mother s war years in France The city of Nice is an ess What appeared at first to be a story of an old man and a young boy foisted upon each other for a trip abroad for a week, finding they had things to learn from each other in the way of such stories, turned out to be so muchThis element is certainly there and the two characters are spot on, their interaction plays out realistically and I enjoyed their banter, but the author also introd...

  7. switterbug (Betsey) says:

    Akin adjective1 of kin related by blood2 allied by nature having the same properties3 having or showing an affinity kindredEmma Donoghue has quite the writer s chops She can do a stylistic, tragicomic period piece, like FROG MUSIC, or a boldly dramatic story, such as ROOM You can t fit her into a niche And whatever she writes, her characters are fully formed and could leap magnificently off the pages AKIN is no different in that way, a witty but poignant contemporary story with an old Akin adjective1 of kin related by blood2 allied by nature having the same properties3 having or showing an affinity kindredEmma Donoghue has quite the writer s chops She can do a stylistic, tragicomic period piece, like FROG MUSIC, or a boldly dramatic story, such as ROOM You can t fit her into a niche And whatever she writes, her characters are fully formed and could leap magnificently off the pages AKIN is no different in that way, a witty but poignant contemporary story with an old man and young boy at the center, thrown together by life s tragic circumstances Donoghue plays with the different definitions of the eponymous title, but with levity and nuance Yes, this is a tender, warm, affectionate and sometimes brutal narrative about the bonds of kin and some chemical bond...

  8. Linden says:

    Noah, a retired professor who is about to turn 80, is planning a trip to Nice, France, where he lived as a young child during the war Right before his departure, he s contacted by a social worker who says he s the only living relative who can take charge of Michael, his late nephew s son Michael s mother is in prison and his grandmother has recently died Noah winds up taking the boy to France with him, and the kid is so incredibly obnoxious sometimes it was hard to keep reading But Donogue Noah, a retired professor who is about to turn 80, is planning a trip to Nice, France, where he lived as a young child during the war Right before his departure, he s contacted by a social worker who says he s the only living relative who can take charge of Michael, his late nephew s son Michael s mother...

  9. Natalie says:

    For those of us that have read ROOM, there is no doubt that Donoghue can write beautifully about the relationship between a mother and child, but this book takes her writing to a new and beautiful level, exploring the relationship between an elderly man and his great nephew The two are thrown together when a desperate social worker searches for someone to serve as a guardian for the 11 year old rather than placing him in the foster care system Noah, a lonely, childless widower has been looking For those of us that have read ROOM, there is no doubt that Donoghue can write beautifully about the relationship between a mother and child, but this book takes her writing to a new and beautiful level, exploring the relationship between an elderly man and his great nephew The two are thrown together when a desperate social worker searches for someone to serve as a guardian for the 11 year old rather than placing him in the foster care system Noah, a lonely, childless widower has been looking forward to spending his 80th birthday in Nice, where he was born, and trying to understand his own history Despite his doubts, he rises admirably to the challenge and takes Michael with him on his journey This remarkable pair don t find It easy to travel together, since they essentially are connected only by Michael s dead father, the troubled son of Noah s siste...

  10. Mary says:

    Akin, by Emma DonoghueI have decided that Emma Donoghue is a writer I will always read I love this book so muchthe main character is Noah, a childless widower, who is turning 80 in a week After the recent death of his sister, Noah has decided to spend his sisters bequest by his visiting his birthplace, Nice, France Right before he is to leave on his trip, he is approached by Child Services to take in his deceased nephews eleven year old son The boys mother is in prison, his maternal gra Akin, by Emma DonoghueI have decided that Emma Donoghue is a writer I will always read I love this book so muchthe main character is Noah, a childless widower, who is turning 80 in a week After the recent death of his sister, Noah has decided to spend his sisters bequest by his visiting his birthplace, Nice, France Right before he is to leave on his trip, he is approached by Child Services to take in his deceased nephews eleven year old son The boys mother is in prison, his maternal grandmother who was caring for him has just died, and Noah is the only relative they are able to reach If Noah doesn t agree to take Micheal, he will end up in Foster...

  11. Joy Matteson says:

    This woman s WRITING Full stop DELIGHTFUL.Her words are perfectly chosen light, beautiful, unexpected, and deeply moving Not one word wasted I loved diving into the world of 80 year old Noah and his great nephew This is gonna be a big book Loved every word I was lucky enough to get a Netgalley early copy of this one Donoghue understands adult child relationships so well, and there is so much shine and grit bound together, it felt like reading nonfiction.If you re on the fence, lean towa This woman s WRITING Full stop DELIGHTFUL.Her words are perfectly chosen light, beautiful, unexpected, and deeply moving Not one word wasted I loved diving into the world of 80 year old Noah and his great nephew This is gonna be a big book Loved every word I was lucky enough to get a Netgalley early copy of this one Donoghue understands adult child relationships so well, and ther...

  12. Marjorie says:

    Noah Selavaggio will soon be turning 80 years old In celebration of this milestone birthday, he s making plans to visit Nice where he was born He s discovered some old photos taken by his mother that are quite puzzling and he hopes to find some answers in Nice However, just days before he leaves, he receives a phone call from a social worker asking that he temporarily take care of an 11 year old boy, Michael, who is his great nephew Noah has never met Michael but he s the closet relative the Noah Selavaggio will soon be turning 80 years old In celebration of this milestone birthday, he s making plans to visit Nice where he was born He s discovered some old photos taken by his mother that are quite puzzling and he hopes to find some answers in Nice However, just days before he leaves, he receives a phone call from a social worker asking that he temporarily take care of an 11 year old boy, Michael, who is his great nephew Noah has never met Michael but he s the closet relative the boy has other than his mother who is in prison and his aunt whom they re having trouble reaching Noah well remembers Michael s father, Vincent, and feels obligated to take Michael along with him to Nice.This book is on quite a different level than the other Emma Donoghue books that I ve read There s a lothumor in this one and I enjoyed the witty sparring between this unlikely pair Michael is very foul mouthed and can be quite obno...

  13. Elyse Walters says:

    Beginning in New York City At the start of this novel.social worker, Rosa Figueroa connects the 79 year old retired widowed professor Noah Selvaggio, and his 11 year old great nephew, Michael Young, together.Michael s mother, Amber, was in prison Michael s father, Victor, died young from a drug overdose, who was married to Noah s sister, Fernande Fernande was dead too Noah lost his wife, his sister, his parents, and his job Noah had one friend Vivienne Vivienne had been Joan s best frie Beginning in New York City At the start of this novel.social worker, Rosa Figueroa connects the 79 year old retired widowed professor Noah Selvaggio, and his 11 year old great nephew, Michael Young, together.Michael s mother, Amber, was in prison Michael s father, Victor, died young from a drug overdose, who was married to Noah s sister, Fernande Fernande was dead too Noah lost his wife, his sister, his parents, and his job Noah had one friend Vivienne Vivienne had been Joan s best friend So, through osmosis and especially with the death of Joan, Noah remained friends with his wife s best friend Vivienne But mostly, Noah was alone in the world in the same way his great nephew was also alone in the world The only family Michael had next aki...

  14. Alaina says:

    Let us begin with how awesome the integration of the photos was They could have all been in the beginning, or a plate section, or chucked at the end, but no Their placement is instead a plot device and that s just such a great detail Though trying, as I definitely did go looking for them and could have cheated myself out of the reveal This one didn t grab me in the same way that The Wonder did I suppose that might be because I find an 79 year old man and an 11 year old boy less relatable, Let us begin with how awesome the integration of the photos was They could have all been in the beginning, or a plate section, or chucked at the end, but no Their placement is instead a plot device and that s just such a great detail Though trying, as I definitely did go looking for them and could have cheated myself out of the reveal This one didn t grab me in the same way that The Wonder did I suppose that might be because I find an 79 year old man and an 11 year old boy less relatable, so fair enough But, it was nevertheless thoughtful and engaging and I really liked the way the book wrapped up Noah, a retiree, ends up saddled with temporary guardianship of his great nephew, Michael, right before he is scheduled to return to his ...

  15. Chris Roberts says:

    Stars script the sky in there own language,not to be arbitrarily pulled back a curtain,there is a great secret held by the celestial nether,so now be told, what is held in the sky,the death of a myth, fiction is myth poemChris Roberts, God Asunder