FRIDAY 29 MARCH 2019
The end of March - the end of winter!
We are now back to our regular hours - Monday - Saturday 9 am - 5:30 pm
Here are a couple of books, both in paperback, that I can unreservedly recommend to you this week.
A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza is a wonderful novel. Well written and perfectly plotted it is the story of a young couple from Bangalore who settle in California to raise their family and make a life in America. What follows is a fascinating story of family expectations and conflict through one generation and into the next. As the world changes around them, they change as well, some becoming more liberal, especially as America becomes more and more xenophobic. This is a completely absorbing novel that will change perceptions and leave you feeling you have just read a really great book.
The Friendly Ones by Philip Hensher is finally out in paperback! This book was a hard sell in hardcover, ugly cover, strange shape – but now in paperback I urge you to trust me and read it. It is, again, an immigrant story, this time set in London, England. We meet the family as they host a party, welcoming family and friends. Their neighbour observes from his side of the fence – and the relationship between the two families begins. I loved everything about this book – the writing, the characters, the changing world of the changes and shifting loyalties and relationships within the family.
Perhaps by the time you’ve read these it really will be spring.