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One of our favourite novels of the year, Charlotte Mendelson's Almost English was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013, but here at the Book People we believe it deserves even more plaudits and recognition. Telling the story of 16-year-old Marina, who lives with her highly sensitive mother Laura and three ancient Hungarian relatives, it is a touching and witty coming-of-age novel. Marina needs to escape the clutches of her family, their crushing expectations and strange traditions, but when she arrives at the traditional English public school Combe Abbey, she realises she's made a huge mistake... Her family has sacrificed everything for her to get this opportunity, will Marina be able to fit in? Meanwhile, Laura has painful secrets of her own to contend with...
Summer 2008 and as the world economy goes into meltdown, Salinger Nash leaves London to see his older brother Carson in New Orleans. Carson has persuaded Salinger that they should look for their missing father, last seen in New Mexico. With a sense of foreboding, the journey begins and the brothers, whose own relationship is distant and restrained, begin to learn a great deal about themselves as they travel. Award-winning author Tim Lott's Under the Same Stars is set in the style of a classic road trip and the exploration of fraternal love is beautifully written and highly recommended!
The Corrections, winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction and 2002's James Tait Black Memorial prize for fiction, is an ambitious and grandiose novel full of social criticism. The book examines the complex and varied lives of matriarch Enid Lambert and her husband, Alfred, and their very different children Gary, Chip and Denise. Franzen's most recent novel, the international bestselling Freedom, featured in a number of Books of the Year polls (Sunday Telegraph, Observer, New Statesman) and discusses the merits and values of contemporary marriage and love, against the backdrop of an increasingly dysfunctional America.
A warm and poignant debut novel from Christie Watson, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away is a moving and at times wonderfully funny examination of the strength that can be found within family. One of the Book People's series of recommended debut novels, this superb work of fiction is set in Lagos, Nigeria where the lives of Blessing and her brother Ezikiel are turned upside down when their father's infidelity results in the wife he has left behind being sacked from her job at the Royal Imperial Hotel. From luxury and air-conditioning to a peasant's compound, this superbly-researched and beguiling story charts the demise and re-growth of a family wounded by heartbreak. This stunning read was named the winner of 2011's prestigious Costa First Novel Award.
This collection brings together six novels from the immensely popular Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler. Among the themes examined throughout the stories are love and loss, identity and family and heartbreak and redemption. An introductory set to her delightful fiction titles, the books are full of razor-sharp observation and offer a breathtaking mix of hilarity and heartbreak. Guaranteed to appeal to all discerning readers, these unputdownable reads will also appeal to fans of the likes of Anita Shreve and Elizabeth Berg.