Boeke 2013 manages to add at least a spine-width of height to my To Be Read Pile, and every month we find one gem that sparkles just a little bit brighter. Last month, I reviewed Maggie O'Farrell's Instructions for a Heatwave which clomped it's way to the number one spot for April.
So I won't bore you with the details, because by now you should know how this works... Let's delve into May's selection from Exclusive Books Recommends.
The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey-Moore, Accidental Apprentice by Vikus Swarup, Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, and The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes is an outstanding thriller about ‘the girl who wouldn’t die’ and a time-travelling serial killer set in Chicago. Violent drifter Harper Curtis stumbles upon a house in 1931 that hides a secret as shocking as his own twisted nature: it opens into other times. But living in the house comes at a price: Harper must stalk and kill the ‘shining girls’ across decades – and cut the fire out of them.
The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is Edward Kelsey-Moore’s debut book told with wit, charm and heart and set in small-town 60’s Indiana through to the present day. The novel features the deep friendship of three girls who hang out at a small-town diner and who laugh, cry and grow up together.
The Accidental Apprentice by Vikus Swarup, author of the book that inspired Slumdog Millionaire, is a delightful, fast-paced comedy that shows how life can change in an instant. A colourful portrait of Indian society painted with remarkable lightness and wit.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson is about a woman who lives through the most turbulent events of the 20th century, and asks the question: what if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? Short-listed for The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013.
Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki is an original and quirky story about some of the most brilliant and beguiling questions of our existence. It includes: a lost diary, a Hello Kitty lunchbox, a 104-year-old Buddhist nun, her great-granddaughter Nao, a lonely father, and a catfish that causes an earthquake.
And the winner for May is...
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes