Update, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 4:
The sixth meeting of our book club concluded earlier this afternoon, with a lively discussion of Oyinkan Braithwaite‘s “My Sister, the Serial Killer,” a debut novel told from the point of view of a young Nigerian woman constantly taxed with having to clean up the mess (literally and emotionally) left behind by her sister, who has an unsavory habit of killing her boyfriends. Scroll to the bottom of the page and read the comments to see the full discussion; below are a few highlights.
What I remember most vividly was how much fun I had, how many “LOL” moments there were, and how much I admired the author’s ability to preserve the characters’ humanity even in wildly implausible situations. Lastly, I recall wondering whether the author had been toying with her readers and that in fact there wasn’t a sister at all, but instead the foul deeds were being carried out by the narrator, an only child. I think I concluded that this wasn’t the case, but did so with admiration for the author’s ability to make me consider the possibility seriously before discarding it. — user1037553
I think the fact that (the author) is a poet contributes greatly to the economy of language in the book. There are no extraneous words or descriptions. — user14909719728069
I love books written this way. When reading you always feel like you have enough time to read Just One More Chapter! Leaving you breathless is a lovely way to describe it. And after this book, I’m going to start paying more attention to the names of chapters! — TeaDrinker
I’m an avid reader and can honestly say that I’ve not ever read anything to compare to this. A combination of the culture, the pathology of the family dynamics, and the lyrical writing. — dbailey
It’s far less about crime and far more about difficult family relationships…the crime keeps us wanting to reading more but we end up getting the true point of the book and I think the author’s intent…imagine if it was titled “My Sister The Vain Floozy” — HiJeffhi
Bookmark this page: The next book club meeting will take place here, in the comments section below, at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Our next selection for Moira’s Seattle Times Book Club, voted upon by readers, will be “My Sister, the Serial Killer,” by Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite.
One of several books suggested by Michael Coy, manager of Third Place Books in Ravenna, it’s both literary crime fiction (very literary; it was longlisted for the Booker Prize) and razor-sharp dark comedy, told from the point of view of a young woman whose sister has a habit of murdering her boyfriends. For the first time since our book club began, the selection is one that I’ve read already — and I think we’re going to enjoy chatting about this one. See you Wednesday at noon!