As Exclusive Books Recommends, i.e. Boeke, comes to an end, I have to say relish in the great reads that were forced upon me - needless to say I was more than willing. So for the second last time, I present to you the books for September.
Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, a charming and lovable first novel of mysterious books and dusty bookshops. It is a witty and delightful love letter to both the old book world and the new that will appeal to fiction fans who love a wonderfully written story. The protagonist is Clay Jannon, a web designer forced out of his job by the recession and into Mr Penumbra’s eccentric book store where nothing is as it seems.
The Next Time You See Me is a debut novel about the people surprisingly connected to the discovery of a dead woman’s body in a small town. Their stories converge in a violent climax that reveals not just the mystery of what happened to Ronnie but all of their secret selves.
The List of My Desires by Gregoire Delcourt tells the tale of Jocelyne who is 47 and runs her own dressmaking shop. She’s a bit overweight, her husband is very ordinary and her best friends are the twins who run the hairdressing salon next door. The twins persuade Jocelyn to enter the Euro million lottery and she wins 18 million euros. She could do anything with the money - change her life completely - but what does she really want? Without cashing the cheque she begins to write down her ‘list of desires’. Meanwhile, her dressmaking blog is taking off, bringing her new friendships as well as business. What if the money brings changes she can’t foresee?
The Glass Ocean is a story of becoming. Flame haired, six-foot-two in stocking feet, newly orphaned Carlotta Dell'oro recounts the lives of her parents - solitary glassmaker Leonardo Dell'oro and beautiful, unreachable Clotilde Girard - and discovers in their loves and losses, their omissions and obsessions, the circumstances of her abandonment and the weight of her inheritance. With a master artisan's patience and exquisite craft, debut novelist Lori Baker has created a gemlike Victorian world.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent is set in Northern Iceland in 1829 where Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the months leading up to her execution on the farm of district officer Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force everyone to work side by side, the family’s attitude to Agnes starts to change. One winter night, she begins her whispered confession to them and they realize that all is not as they had assumed. Based on a true story, Burial Rites is an astonishing and moving novel about the truths we claim to know and the ways in which we interpret what we’re told.
My Review of this title can be found here
The September Book is...
Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
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