This month our book club pick is Lion, originally published under the title A Long Way Home. In this memoir, Saroo Brierley tells the story of how he searched for his Indian birth mother, after having been separated from his family at the age of five, adopted by an Australian couple, and being raised in Australia. The book was made into a movie in 2016. We will meet to discuss the book on July 28 2018, at 10:30AM, at Arden Dimick Library.
When Saroo was growing up in India, he and his siblings used to scavenge train stations for food. While looking for his older brother, he climbed into a train car and found himself hundreds of miles from home, unable to remember his last name or the name of his hometown. Eventually he was taken to an orphanage and adopted by Australian parents.
As an adult, Saroo used Google Earth to find his home town. The story involves themes of poverty, class, and family. The movie based on the book, which was released in 2016, was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
You can join us for in-person Book Club on July 28th, or leave comments here. What did you think of the story?