Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tuesday Fiction- Book Club Worthy picks

Its that time of year again. Thinking about joining a book club? Oh, you know, you want too. Some have muffins and coffee and discuss the book right at the book store while some have a dinner around a certain book. Then again, a few would rather have chocolate and wine when they discuss a hearty book. Whatever, hopefully, you'll be enriched in a good read that you are ready to discuss. Here are a few recommendations.

Camille Hart, one of Manhattan’s most sought-after matchmakers, has survived more than her fair share of hardships. Her mother died when she was a young girl, leaving her and her sister with an absentee father. Now in her forties, she has already survived cancer once, though the battle revealed just how ill-equipped her husband Edward is to be a single parent. So when doctors tell Camille that her cancer is back—and this time it’s terminal—she decides to put her matchmaking expertise to the test for one final job. Seeking stability for her children and happiness for her husband, Camille sets out to find the perfect woman to replace her when she’s gone.

But what happens when a dying wish becomes a case of “be careful what you wish for”? For Edward and Camille, the stunning conclusion arrives with one last twist of fate that no one saw coming.

At once deeply felt and witty, The Replacement Wife is an unforgettable story of love and family, and a refreshing look at the unexpected paths that lead us to our own happy endings.

Exiled from her family in India for more than a decade, Shirin and her husband lead a comfortable but empty life in London. Memories of her childhood – exotic fragrances, colours, stifling heat and tropical storms – fill Shirin with a familiar and growing ache for the land and the people that she loves. With the recollections though, come dark clouds of scandal and secrets. Secrets that forced her to flee her old life and keep her from ever returning.

Thousands of miles away, in Bangalore, the daughter of Shirin’s brother discovers a lost, forgotten photograph. One that has escaped the flames. Determined to solve the mystery of an aunt she never knew, Reena’s efforts will set in place a chain of events that expose the painful trauma of the past and irrevocably change the path of the future.

Jane Davis returns with an intimate portrait of a family deep in crisis Would you risk ridicule and scorn - knowing others besides yourself will be affected - to voice a seemingly impossible claim? How would you react if your daughter claimed to be seeing visions? What if you and your wife couldn't agree whether to support her or to demand a medical explanation? What then? As Streatham, South London, still reels from the riots in neighbouring Brixton, Graham Jones, an ordinary father, grows fearful for his teenage daughter Judy who faces a world where the pace of change appears to be accelerating. But even he cannot predict what will happen next. A series of events is about to be unleashed over which he will have no control, and the lives of his family will change forever. When Judy claims to be seeing visions he will call it a miracle, and, to his wife’s horror, the hungry press will label their daughter The Miracle Girl. Elaine, present when she came close to losing her daughter a first time - knowing it was the paramedics and surgeons who saved her - will demand a medical explanation. But Judy, refusing to become caught in this emotional tug-of-war, is adamant. She must tread her own path, wherever it takes her. Delusion, deception, diabolic - or is it just possible that Judy’s apparitions are authentic? Praise for These Fragile Things A brilliantly imaginative and quirkily fresh take on the world. Brimful of originality and creativity. (The Literary Consultancy) Davis is a phenomenal writer whose ability to create well-rounded characters that are easy to relate to felt effortless. (Compulsion Reads) An elegant and understated prose style with a very satisfying rhythm. This is really very good writing indeed. (Debi Alper) Leaves one panting to read more. (Jill Foulston) This book will take you on a journey into parts of the psyche we never normally explore. It will make you look at life differently and ask yourself the big questions we all normally avoid. (Book blogger, Athena Brady) Masterly writing on a subject most of us don't give a second thought to. Very well written with utterly believable characters.

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.-Mansfield Park

There can be lots of fun in inventing your very own Jane Austen book club. Just think of the tea-party and quotable quotes!

Game of Thrones' Fire & Ice is another series of books that one can debate about and maybe even later watch the series on TV with friends. Seriously, its great to find a comrade of friends who love to talk about books. Who knows you could start a cosplay from a favorite graphic novel. Be inspired!

What's your book club got going this fall?

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4 comments:

Cafe Fashionista said...

Oh, I wish I were a part of a book club! :)

Sara Gerard said...

I still have a stack of books to get through this year, I cannot wait to finish them and pick up a few more!

Anonymous said...

Oh..to talk about John Snow for hours on end..I can only dream!

Sam said...

Thanks for these excellent recommendations, i haven't read any. Thanks for your lovely words on my last post!