This 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!
'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.
‘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.

As summer departs September always feels like a fresh start and chance to recap and catch up, so welcome back! 

The Reading Den has been busy reading over the summer and has picked 3 contrasting and enticing Bright Ideas for you and your book club. For paperback fans, our Book of the Moment is The Testaments, a much loved and deservedly hyped novel of 2019 by Margaret Atwood which is out in this format from 1st September - hooray! For those who missed out on their Spanish break we discovered Berta Isla by Javier Marías, a beautifully observed story of love which starts and is rooted in Spain. Our Wild Card choice is Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami, a collection of imaginative short stories by this well regarded Japanese writer. We may have missed the Olympics but this is a great slice of Japanese life. 

Send your great reads of the summer with us at info@thereadingden.co.uk.

Love Anne & Jenny

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