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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 ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – groundhogwalking.co.uk

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  1. 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, especially when things we take for granted grammar, history are total unknowns to the youngster Noah s efforts to explain an adverb vs an adjective could have been lifted from my life And the ge...

  2. 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 it s not quite as ambitious as her previous work, it s a fascinating, page turning, turn the formula on its head sort of read.Why is it so good For one thing, Noah, the chemistry professor on the cusp of his 80th b...

  3. 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 circumstan...

  4. 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 is in prison and his grandmother has recently died Noah winds up taking the boy to France with...

  5. 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...

  6. 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 introduces a littl...

  7. 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 Noa...

  8. 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 Don...

  9. 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 t...

  10. 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

  11. Emma Donoghue s family story follows 79 year old Dr Noah Selvaggio as he plans a return trip to the city of his childhood Nice, France With no children, Noah is alone now, after the deaths of his wife, mother, and sister, so it s quite a shock to receive a call two days before he boards his plane to care for his great nephew, a nephew who is totally unknown to Noah As Noah seeks answers to his mother s secretive life in Nice during the final years of WWII, he also has to contend with a Emma Donoghue s family story follows 79 year old Dr Noah Selvaggio as he plans a return trip to the city of his childhood Nice, France With no children, Noah is alone now, after the deaths of his wife, mother, and sister, so it s quite a shock to receive a call two days before he boards his plane to care for his grea...

  12. Emma Donoghue yes Thrilled to be approved for this read The setting Widowed and retired about to turn 80 professor Noah Selvaggio, days away from his first visit to Nice since he was a child, ends up taking his 11 year old great nephew, Michael, with him Michael s mother is in prison His father is dead His grandmother, with whom he lived, has just died There is no one else Rosa, from social services, contacts Noah days before his departure, and the plot is set in motion P.S, Noah has n Emma Donoghue yes Thrilled to be approved for this read The setting Widowed and retired about to turn 80 professor Noah Selvaggio, days away from his first visit to Nice since he was a child, ends up taking his 11 year old great nephew, Michael, with him Michael s mother is in prison His father is dead His grandmother, with whom he lived, has just died There is no one else Rosa, from social services, contacts Noah days before his departure, and the plot is set in motion P.S, Noah has never met Michael, and has never had his own children Purpose of Noah s trip to France To uncover his mother s wartime secrets Nazis collaboration Great unknown He takes with him a packet of photographs taken by his mother, hoping they will provide some clues answers The unlikely duo, su...