This 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction tells the remarkable journey of one young woman’s escape from working on a southern cotton plantation in Georgia to try and make a new life in the north. The story is brutal but totally inspirational.
The assumption would be that ordinary people aren’t interesting, but Anne Tyler keeps us wonderfully absorbed with this short but thoroughly enjoyable tale about just that – a gem of a read for a lazy weekend.
‘The Enchanted April’ brings together four very different women looking to escape dreary London for the sunshine. Each independently take up the offer of an advertisement in the Times newspaper.

‘To those who appreciate Wisteria and sunshine. Small medieval castle to be let for the month of April’.

This month, The Reading Den is taking a break from its traditional 3 Bright Ideas and bringing you 3 inspirational summer tonics. You can never go wrong with a classic and the Den has decided to revisit Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, always a firm favourite, especially as there is a new film version expected to be released later this year starring Lily James, Armie Hammer and Kristin Scott Thomas. Or head to the Deep South with My Sunshine Away, a debut coming of age novel by M. O. Walsh which submerges you into the sweltering heat of the Baton Rouge and this wonderfully tight-knit community. Our third choice has just made the Booker longlist, Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid - a funny, poignant debut novel about parenting, race and class.  Reid’s writing has a fresh and insightful quality which exposes these issues with humour and truthfulness.

And we will back in September with our usual 3 Bright Ideas.  


Love Anne & Jenny

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