August is here - we are now officially 60% done with the year. So without any razzmatazz, I present the hand-picked gems of EB Recommends for the month of August: Perfect by Rachel Joyce, Paris by Edward Rutherfurd, Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer and Jacob's Folly by Rebecca Miller.
Perfect is the second brilliant offering from Rachel Joyce, the author of bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Perfect features a very different but equally unlikely and heartrending hero, a story of secrets, a terrible mistake and the destructive nature of perfection. It is a must read!
Paris by Edward Rutherford is inspired by the haunting, passionate story of the city of lights. This epic novel weaves a gripping tale of four families across the centuries: from the lies that spawn the noble line of de Cygne to the revolutionary Le Sourds who seek their destruction; from the Blanchards whose bourgeois respectability offers scant protection against scandal to the hard-working Gascons and their soaring ambitions.
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane is a novel about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us, created by the unparalleled imaginative power of Neil Gaiman. The story starts forty years back when a lodger steals the family car and commits suicide in it; dark twists are then revealed one after another.
Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction. This is a compelling story of grief, madness, loss and living with schizophrenia.
Jacob’s Folly by Rebecca Miller is set in eighteenth-century Paris and features the protagonist Jacob – “a peddler of knives, saltcellars and snuffboxes”. In this brilliant novel, Rebecca Miller considers the hold of the past on the present, the power of private hopes and dreams, and the collision of fate and free will.
The August Book is...
Perfect by Rachel Joyce
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