3 SUMMER INSPIRATIONS
BOOK OF THE MOMENTThis compelling read follows three generations of Palestinian women living in Brooklyn struggling to find their own voice within their strict traditional community - sure to kick-start your New Year book club with lively conversations!
MISSED OPPORTUNITY'Olive Again' by Elizabeth Strout marks the return of the beloved fictional character and book 'Olive Kitteridge' which was a Pulitzer Prize winning novel as well as a popular HBO mini-series. 'Olive Again', now in paperback, takes the reader back to coastal Maine revisiting the touching human stories of ‘small town life’ in this wonderful collection.
THE WILD CARD‘A Ghost in the Throat’ is a truly original read by poet and essayist, Doireann Ní Ghríofa. Described as an autofiction this eloquently written debut novel explores two women’s lives as one hunts down the other in a quest to piece together a dark romantic tragedy. If you enjoyed ‘Milkman’ by Anna Burns, this has to be your next Wild Card read.
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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