This summer has been very busy and as I get ready to go back to work, I am determined to keep reading as much as possible. Right now I am soaking up several novels at once. In this post, I wanted to share my thoughts on a couple of my current faves.
Five Tuesdays in Winter
Five Tuesdays in Winter is a set of short stories by a wonderful American writer, Lily Smith. Having enjoyed her book, ‘Writers and Lovers,’ Lily has put together some interesting and thoughtful narratives which I have so far been satisfied by.
One tale is of a bookshop owner whose wife had left him to be a single parent. Slowly he realises he is attracted to his new employee and gently they explore their relationship, hinting at possibilities of more than just bookshelf stacking.
Another explores a lad who is left with two college students while his parents are abroad in France. He looks up to the boys and has a summer of discovery while they enjoy making the most of his lavish home.
Apples Never Fall
Liane Moriarty is one of my all time favourite writers and it was a no-brainer that I was always going to get this novel. Her short chapters delve into the lives of an Australian family who had an unexpected guest knock on their door one evening.
Joy and Stan are retired but used to manage their own tennis training school. Their four children are grown up now and living complex lives. The story goes back and forth between a time when Savannah (the guest) had fled her boyfriend and shacked up in Joy’s home and a time after Joy had weirdly vanished.
These two books are keeping me company at the moment and both are brilliant. I am also working my way through another Joanne Harris novel which I will review later on.
Although I haven’t finished either book, I am loving them so much. I would totally recommend checking them out online and sampling the first few pages of each.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article. Check out my review of Liane Moriarty’s other book Three Wishes if you want more suggestions.