Spring is here! Book clubs are probably moving their gatherings from the toasty shelter of their homes to their sun-soaked patios. Whether or not blooming flowers and warm weather have made it to your backyard, we’re bringing spring directly to your book club. We’ve got some mystery, historical fiction, coming-of-age tales, and even a retelling of one of our favorite classics. There are plenty of good books to talk about.
After the announcement of Khaled Hosseini’s new book A SEA PRAYER, we’re revisiting his phenomenal fiction. A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS is one of our favorites. Hosseini’s heart-wrenching novel is about Mariam and Laila, two Afghani women jarringly brought together by war, loss, and fate. Chronicling 30 years of Afgahn history through the eyes of these two women, A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS paints a story of friendship, family, and love in a time of great unrest.
Before you dive into Jessica Knoll’s latest nail-biter, THE FAVORITE SISTER, this May, revisit the brilliant book that first caught our attention. In Knoll’s debut novel, LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE, Ani FaNelli leads a covetable life, with a glitzy magazine job, a blue-blooded fiancé, and a wardrobe to match. But when a violent, public trauma from her past threatens to destroy the life she’s worked tirelessly to attain, Ani must carefully weigh her chance at redemption.
Ani FaNelli is the epitome of young, modern women. And that’s not a good thing. Image-obsessed, cruel, and deceptive, Ani isn’t crazy so much as extraordinarily damaged from two traumatic high school events that are expertly revealed, piece by piece, in this masterful debut. I loved the anger in this political, well-observed novel, made more powerful by the reveal that Knoll’s own sexual assault contributed to its creation. Contemporary and timely: believe the hype.
Crazy like: Carrie Bradshaw with a cleaver.
Best crazy moment: Ani’s choice of porn. (Ouch.)