Akin❰PDF❯ ✅ Akin Author Emma Donoghue – Bluevapours.co.uk 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 N 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 are Akin than they knewWritten 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.

Grew up in Ireland s in England doing a PhD in eighteenth century literature since then in Canada Best known for my novel film and play ROOM also other contemporary and historical novels and short stories non fiction theatre and middle grade novels.

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Akin
  • Emma Donoghue
  • 27 December 2014

10 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 freuency 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 reuest 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 generational divide overrides every socio economic difference especially when it comes to an addiction to electronics The kid was looking at his phone again “Ah back to the screen”“You talk a lot dude” Michael murmured without looking up There’s a mystery to solve as well Noah has snapshots his mother took during the war But they’re such odd photos he’s not sure whatwherewho they involve While in Nice he attempts to solve the puzzle I loved this book Between the characters the mystery and the beautiful writingI was entranced I loved how even throw away lines rang so true “They climbed the steps Noah’s hip speaking to him Tourism was such an odd mixture of the tiring and the hedonistic” And how photography was a constant theme throughout the book My thanks to netgalley and Little Brown for an advance copy of this book

  2. 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 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 amusing at times and wondrous as an elderly man who never had children tries to relate to a young boy who has already endured much There are hidden depths within with the unveiling of Noah's mother's life and her activities during the war By books end both man and boy come to different realizations and this easy flowing story holds than one surprise A delightful and meaningful readDon't smash your foot So many ways Noah couldn't protect this boy; it was like traveling with s bag of bananas he had little chance of delivering unbruisedARC from EdelweissThe future was urgent than the past he decided even if the two were entangled Like the line he read in the Resistance museum never hate but never forget

  3. Richard says:

    Akin by Emma Donoghue audiobookNoah Selvaggio an urbane 79 year old retired professor pads carefully about his smart Manhattan apartment packing a small case in preparation for a long awaited trip to Nice his childhood home He is a widower and lives a uiet life where often the only voice he hears is that of his departed wife talking softly sardonically and always sensibly in his ear guiding him through the latter years of his lifeNoah’s preparations are interrupted by a telephone call His life is about to take a bizarre turnA social services case worker has tracked Noah down and tells him that his estranged 11 year old great nephew Michael is in need of help His father is dead his mother is in prison on drug charges and his grandmother his most recent guardian has just passed awayNoah after much persuasion and soul searching agrees to look after Michael on a very temporary basis and reluctantly agrees to take him on his trip to France The interplay between Noah and Michael is of course central to the book Noah with his cultural interests old fashioned values and grouchiness is humorously set against Michael’s monosyllabic sullen and streetwise nature the closed incomprehensible world of an 11 year old his mounting issues held at bay by his flickering smartphone screenSeventy five years ago Noah’s mother stayed on in Nice when Noah and his father moved over to America There is some mystery here and Noah has unearthed some random black and white photographs taken by his mother Even with his unexpected companion now in tow he intends to find some answers A tale of wartime intrigue occupation collaboration and anti semitism is gradually pieced togetherAkin is understated funny and wise a thoughtful novel that also has an emotional pull The ending is particularly poignant and I listened to the closing section twice It also worked well as an audio book The narration by Jason Culp is pitch perfect and both central characters felt very realLoved this book

  4. Elyse Walters says:

    Beginning in New York CityAt the start of this novelsocial worker Rosa Figueroa connects the 79 year old retired widowed professor Noah Selvaggio and his 11 year old great nephew Michael Young togetherMichael’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 friendVivienne 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 akin was Noah Michael lost both parents had no siblings aunts or uncles Oh and what a little spitfire Michael is It’s a treasure dancing along side of Michael and Noah’s relationship Their growth is sincerely moving Noah knew about Michael’s existencethe unstable history of his parentsbut the two of them had never met until wellthey were to become the odd couple I enjoyed getting to know Noah from the start He was grieving his dead wife Joan and slightly grieving his retirement as a professor I was impressed that this older man felt confident to take a pretty big trip alone at his age While Noah was packing a suitcase for his trip to France counting out socks he was having inner voice conversations with his dead wife Joan I felt his loss I felt his love I felt his loneliness I felt sad but I was also in ‘aw’ of him I felt privileged to begin to know him While cleaning out personal belongings Noah found some old photographs of his mother which tied into Noah’s overseas trip Noah’s purpose in going to Nice France was to uncover wartime’s secrets from his mother involvement with the Nazi’s during WWII He had many uestions I did too I was definitely curious about this mystery But first back to the circumstances that brought Noah and Michael together It felt unlikely to me that a social worker would consider placing the young boy with an almost 80 year old who was about to leave the county But I went with itNote I just finished another book where I had to suspend beliefs in “The Book of Dreams” by Nina GeorgeIt’s challenging for me to recover my ‘confidence of greatness’ for a novel once I’ve had to suspend beliefs However I ‘did’ recoverSomehow Emma Donogue pulled it off Pulled it off great My emotions were involved Emma’s writing is what’s soooo terrificthe dialogue the details the intimacy the visuals the atmospheric tie between the characters and setting and her ability to know when to use witty humorand when to be serious No uestion about it Noah and Michael were an unlikely duo but as the story gets moving it becomes impossible to put down Emma knew what she was doing I was returned to confidence I could sit back and enjoy the journeywhich I did VERY MUCHI came to love the relationship between Noah Michael and I loved them each as individuals Emma’s heartfelt journey of mystery history family and love was delightfully incorrigibly wonderful Perhaps another movie?Thank You Netgalley Little Brown and Companyand Emma Donoghue

  5. Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews says:

    4 stars A multi layered endearing and intriguing family journeyThe main relationship in this novel is between great uncle and great nephew Seventy nine year old widowed Noah is great uncle to Michael the son of Noah’s deceased nephew Noah finds himself in the position of being the only living relative able to take guardianship over Michael when his maternal grandmother passes away This was a uniue and very interesting relationship to explore especially since Noah and Michael had never met prior to the start of the novel I enjoyed following their journey while getting to know one another The author Emma Donoghue weaves an interesting tale that has a strong sense of family mystery Noah aims to explore his family history that holds many secrets He stumbles across several photographs at the start of the book which entice him to look deeper into his past to find answers to uestions that have been weighing on his mind for years The family mystery that floats throughout the novel kept me invested and intrigued One of my favourite parts of the narrative was Noah’s deceased wife’s thoughts speaking to Noah in his mind He could hear his late wife’s ‘reactions’ and ‘thoughts’ to several situations which I found very touching and heartfelt It added a layer of emotion and feeling that strengthened my connection to Noah who was strong yet vulnerable – I adored himI had the immense pleasure of attending an Author Series Event where Emma Donoghue spoke earlier this week She was highly entertaining and extremely insightful into her writing process I was surprised to learn that Michael was a late addition to the novel being added after she had created Noah and his story I always find it interesting to learn how an author creates their characters and storyline and what inspires them Much of Michael’s character was inspired by Emma’s own children Overall this was a well written thought provoking entertaining novel that I would highly recommend It is not action packed or brimming with suspense but contains the perfect mix of family mystery endearing characters and beautiful writingThank you to my lovely local library for lending me their copy of this excellent novel

  6. Brandice says:

    I loved Akin 79 year old Noah is about to embark on a trip to Nice when he receives an unexpected call reuesting assistance to care for his 11 year old great nephew Michael Instead of cancelling the trip Noah begrudgingly agrees to temporarily assume responsibility for Michael and brings him along to FranceNoah hasn’t been back to Nice since he left as a young child He has photos of his mother there and is trying to solve some unknowns about her life and potential involvement in WWII Noah and Michael are skeptical of one another Michael has had to endure hardship and tragedy than any 11 year old should While not always appropriate I did appreciate his blunt communication style finding it to be fairly realistic of kids Their often unfiltered view of the world both touching and humorous I’m wary of making comparisons as they sometimes tend to disappoint and can distort expectations however with some story elements in Akin I couldn’t help but be reminded of the movie Up and the book Clock Dance both of which I greatly enjoyed ”He and the boy were uite alien to each other he decided Yet in an odd way akin”

  7. Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews at StarsAm I in a book slump? It seems my “mehs” are seriously outweighing my yeahs at this point Alright so I’m the naysayer when it comes to the Akin party I don’t know what’s wrong with me Aside from the aforementioned possible slump as well as the fact that I consistently suck turtles I mean there’s zero doubt that Emma Donoghue knows how to tell a story – unfortunately I just didn’t connect with this oneMaybe my expectations were too high? I was lucky enough to read Room before the hype train left the station and no one had ever heard of it and I picked up and really enjoyed The Wonder upon my reaction to Room I actually took a gander at the blurb after wiping the drool off my face from that gorgeous cover and went into this expecting a feel good tale in the form of an elderly curmudgeon obtaining a new lease on life courtesy of a sassy whippersnapper Well I got the sassy whippersnapper “It’s an rather than a when it’s followed by a vowel an atheist”“Like you’re AN asshole”He supposed he deserved that one And I guess I got the “feel good” – but not in the form I was expecting we’ll get to that in a second However the elderly curmudgeon I was hoping for???? Notsamuch More like But with a very large side order of Which lemme tell ya was 100% not believable when talking about a 79 year old who talks like an instruction manual and never had any childrenAs for the story itself? Well It starts with our main character Noah preparing for a trip to the South of France where he was born He’s forced to alter his plans – adding a plus one – when a never before met great nephew named Michael emerges needing an emergency interim caretaker due to his mother being in the slammer Things got awkward for me immediately upon the arrival to Nice which either was already pre planned as one of the most boring walks down memory lane EVER or went off the rails into a Nancy Drew episode upon Noah discovering some old photographs while cleaning out his recently deceased sister’s things that he decides must be monumental or she wouldn’t have kept them despite her being described as a bit of a packrat with boxes upon boxes of mementos that hold absolutely no sentimental value to Noah Now mind you these two are staying here But it’s like the author has ever been there despite having lived there and being very vocal about how much she loves the South of France because very little regarding the fact that it is a paradise is mentioned Instead they go searching for the source and story behind these old pictures Noah eats stereotypical touristy types of food that an American with a real “daring” palate would eat – like snails Michael is a child so he pretty much only wants French fries Young Michael also proves to be the real brains behind the organization and can take one gander at a photo and instantly know what it iswhere it might be despite the fact that he’s ELEVEN years old and has never been to Nice This is the second book I’ve reviewed in as many days where the characters didn’t feel authentic and had me wondering if Donoghue has ever met an eleven year old This kid read like 14 or 15 aside from the fact that he did do that really effing annoying thing all kids seem to be doing now Michael called it “ballgazers” and that actually made me laugh a little – but I’m sure would not please most parents and teachers My kids just say “that’s a neck” and then karate chop the shit out of you for lookingMichael’s unfortunate familial circumstances also get whitewashed because apparently this is a book about an adultchild relationship that is very unlike Room in that no darkness should dare to tread The “mystery” of the photos could have been something that resulted in an amazingly skillet to the face type of reveal but no Again this book is all about love and light Except when it came to any time Noah talked about his nephew and Michael’s father WTF was up with that?

  8. Trudie says:

    15 I will select the civil notes I scribbled while reading this one Pretentious wind bagging does a recently abandoned child need to know how a Le Corbusier chair works ?Stop peppering “Dude” in every conversation between the old man and the eleven year old Reading about characters googling historical information and then relaying said information does not make for exciting readingThere is just not enough story here and it is criminally boring Whispered to myself “Find something positive to say” Good substitute for the Lonely Planet guide to Nice ?Well at least we will always have “Room”

  9. Kristy says:

    Touching Witty Heartbreaking Emma Donoghue’s latest is all of those and This was such a wonderful read that I found myself savoring it reading only a chapter or so a night making it lastNoah is a retired chemistry professor living in New York His wife Joan passed away nearly a decade ago Noah is originally from France and he’s finally planned a trip to his birthplace Nice But shortly before his trip he receives a call from social services he is the only available relative able to take care of Michael an eleven year old great nephew he’s never even met Noah reluctantly agrees to take Michael on his trip This unlikely pair take on Nice together looking at France through two very different lenses But Michael’s tech savvy helps Noah as he attempts to unravel some details about his family’s past and Noah can’t help but see some of his late troubled nephew in this funny acerbic boyI fell hard for Noah and Michael Donoghue captures them perfectly Their wit their banter and their various insecurities This book is alternately hilarious and heart wrenching It’s beautifully written touching and just a lovely read 4 stars Highly recommend Blog Twitter Facebook Instagram PaperBackSwap Smashbomb

  10. Ron Charles says:

    Emma Donoghue was a successful novelist long before her seventh novel “Room” eclipsed all her previous work and brought her international fame If you read it you’ll never forget 5 year old Jack who describes living his entire life with Ma in a backyard dungeon We see their lives as an unspeakable ordeal of deprivation and rape but Jack’s mother makes sure that her son sees their tiny cell as a world filled with wonderWith her new book “Akin” Donoghue returns to the story of a child and an adult trapped together But the circumstances are far less bizarre the constraints less intense If “Room” was a horror novel laced with sweetness “Akin” is a sweet novel laced with horror It’s the story of a man learning late in life to expand his sense of family to realize as never before who his kin areThe protagonist is a chemistry professor named Noah Selvaggio who recently retired to avoid the risk of becoming a laughingstock “Professor in his late seventies sounded rather admirable” Noah thinks “but professor in his eighties?” No thanks That sensible decision epitomizes Noah’s tough realism Confronted with the challenge of filling unscheduled days in New York City he decides to jump start his new life with a trip to Nice France for the annual Carnival There he plans to celebrate his 80th birthday and reconnect with his hometown a place he hasn’t seen since he was shipped off to America as a child to escape the Nazis To read the rest of this review go to The Washington Post httpswwwwashingtonpostcomentert

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