The Exclusive Books Recommends promotion (I call it Boeke), is certainly keeping me on my toes. As winter approaches and I begin to slowly edge more and more under the covers, I welcome the offer of new books to read. So far I haven't been too disappointed. I was challenged with Ben Elton's Two Brothers (March); Impressed with Maggie O'Farrell's Instructions for a Heatwave (April); and thrilled by Lauren Beukes' The Shining Girls (May)...
The following five books have been hand-picked especially by Exclusive Books as the best reads for the month of June: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker, The Fort of Nine Towers by Qais Akbar Omar, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion as well as And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a powerful new novel—her first in seven years: a story of love and race, centred around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalised world.
The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker is a magical, unforgettable story about unlikely friends set against the vivid backdrop of New York City’s immigrant neighbourhoods in the late 19th century. The tale of two fabled creatures has the intimate feel of a story handed down from generation to generation. With a delightful blend of the prosaic and the fanciful, The Golem and the Djinni explores what it means to be human as these friends struggle to live and find love while overcoming a powerful adversary who threatens to destroy them.
Fort of Nine Towers is Qais Akbar Omar’s intense coming-of-age memoir in which he recounts hardships and narrow escapes, as well as moments of joy and beauty. It is an account of a young Afghan man’s searing and redemptive story of his family and country that is inflected with folktales and steeped in poetry.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is a charming, offbeat love story. The protagonists are Don, a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum - desperate to get married and armed with a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman and Rosie, who isn't looking for love - she's looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don't find love: love finds you.
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini is the book that readers everywhere have been waiting for: the first novel in six years from the no. 1 bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, set in Afghanistan in 1952. Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, and how the choices we make resonate through history.
June's Book of the Month is...
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
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