Reed Rainier Chapter Reading Group - Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

Location: The home of Judy Blinder ’80 and Billy Kreuter

Reading-group meetings start at 7:30 pm, and generally end around 9:30. Anyone who has read the month’s selection is invited to take part; new participants are welcome, and no long-term commitment is required. If you plan to attend, please e-mail or call the hosts at least two days before the meeting, so they will know how many people to expect, and so you may be notified in the event that the location should change, as sometimes happens. 

Please direct questions or suggestions to  

A list of books discussed by the group from 1991 through the beginning of this year may be found at the following URL:

About Burnt Shadows:
"[T]his epic yet skillfully controlled novel . . . traces the shared histories of two families, from the final days of the second world war in Japan, and India on the brink of partition in 1947, to Pakistan in the early 1980s, New York in the aftermath of 11 September and Afghanistan in the wake of the ensuing US bombing campaign. At its heart is the beautifully drawn Hiroko Tanaka, first seen in Nagasaki in August 1945 as a young schoolteacher turned munitions factory worker whose artist father is branded a traitor for his outbursts against the emperor and kamikaze militarism. . . . Through its succession of seemingly disparate, acutely observed worlds, Burnt Shadows reveals the impact of shared histories, hinting at larger tragedies through individual loss. . . . Any reader anticipating a predictable yarn about the radicalization of Islamist youth may feel cheated. Far more, I suspect, will feel challenged and enlightened, possibly provoked, and undoubtedly enriched." Maya Jaggi in The Guardian.

Here is a link to the full review:


Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 7:30pm

The home of Judy Blinder ’80 and Billy Kreuter

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