September is all about transition: it's the end of summer and the beginning of fall, the air changes, and it feels like a little bit of a fresh start. That's why I went with a fresh new author, Crystal Hana Kim. "If You Leave Me" is her first novel, and an emotional one. It takes place on the Korean peninsula in times of war, following Haemi, who is forced into marriage at just 16 years old, while caring for her ailing brother. Aside from the dramatic premise, I like that this novel plays with the concept of choices, (or lack of) and how circumstances can instantly change our paths.
We're about to get a little free form here with the wine pick so bear with me. In the same vein of freshness, this month, we're focusing on wines that are refreshing. Of course, that is different to everyone-- perhaps it's what you like to drink on a warm day, or a wine that leaves you feeling invigorated. I love this Geschickt 2014 Vin d'Alsace Grand Cru Kaefferkopf, it's dry and balanced and tastes like freshly picked peach with a crisp minerality. At our next meeting, bring the wine that is most refreshing to you, or share it with us on social:@bookwineclub.