So, the Holiday Season is finally over; the New Year has started with a bang and a bunch of fresh offerings for all book lovers, especially the ones who are big time fiction fans. If you’re still debating over finalizing your reading list for this month, here’s some quick help for you.
This brand new novel by Harriet Lane narrates the story of two women, Emma and Nina, who’re poles apart and yet become the best of friends once they met. Emma doesn’t have much to brag about, especially to the superly confident and successful Nina; still she invites Nina with open arms into her life, exhausted by early parenthood. But what does Nina have in mind ? Does she remember something about Emma but Emma can’t recall Nina’s true identity? Is Nina after something that Emma has and to what extent can Nina go to attain the goal she has in mind ? The plot sounds quite interesting.
2. The Girl on the Train
This debut psycho-thriller by Paula Hawkins starts with chronicles of the very predictable life of daily commuter Rachel Watson: boarding the same train every morning, journeying down the same old railway track which offers little excitement and watching the same couple on the deck of their cozy suburban home that her train passes by every day, until one fateful day, when she accidentally sees something strange about this couple as her train rattles by their home. What did she see that she felt compelled to divulge it to the police and get embroiled in a sinister chain of events ? This books seems to hold a lot of promises.
3. Almost Famous Women
A collection of stories centering around the colorful lives of talented women achievers in history. These are true but mostly forgotten stories presented in a new flavor by Megan Mayhew Bergman who recounts the gutsy lives of these independent minded, bold, creative and out-of-the-ordinary women in her own unique story-telling style. Seems like a must read for all of us and pay some long-deserved attention to these unusual women.
The author Rachel Cusk has adopted an interesting style of narration in this novel: the novel is written in ten conversations, between two strangers seated next to each other on an airplane. As the two strangers talk about some of the most intimate and hard-to-talk-about sentiments of their personal lives, a strong bond is established between the two. What follows next sounds like a gripping tale about the art of storytelling.
5. The First Bad Man
Miranda July promises to captivate her readers with this story about Cheryl, a loner and an emotionally vulnerable woman engrossed with guarding her memories and obsessions. In walks Clee, a bully, who busts the bubble of Cheryl’s unreal world and drags her into the real world where the love of her life awaits Cheryl.