Category: Contemporary fiction

The Name On The Door Is Not Mine – C K Stead

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A collection of short stories including reworked pieces and new musings. ◉ “If a reader of this book wasn’t aware prior, it would be immediately apparent that C K Stead is a literary giant. “There is an effortlessness and sophistication… Continue Reading “The Name On The Door Is Not Mine – C K Stead”

The Childhood Of Jesus – J M Coetzee

READ FOR TEN YEAR BOOKCLUB REUNION Chosen by Rachel A haunting and surprising novel about childhood and destiny in which a boy is separated from his mother on a boat bound for a new land. ◉ “I first read this book soon after its release when Suzy… Continue Reading “The Childhood Of Jesus – J M Coetzee”

All That Man Is – David Szalay

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Nine men, each at a different stage of life, each of them away from home, try to understand what it means to be alive. ➤ “I felt pretty wary coming into All That Man Is, a particularly male-focused read with nine separate stories about… Continue Reading “All That Man Is – David Szalay”

Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A character study of a lonely young woman working in a boys’ prison outside Boston in the early 60s and her harrowing story of obsession. ➤ “Eileen is unexceptional, unfulfilled and unhappy. She leads a boring and monotonous life, however is one… Continue Reading “Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh”

Hot Milk – Deborah Levy

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Sofia, a young anthropologist, spends much of her life trying to solve the mystery of her mother’s unexplainable illness. ➤ “Hot Milk has that kind of pleasantness about it that makes it neither beautiful enough to be outstanding, nor horrible enough to be outstanding.… Continue Reading “Hot Milk – Deborah Levy”

The Invisible Mile – David Conventry

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS “The story of the 1928 Ravat-Wonder team from New Zealand and Australia who were the first English-speaking team to ride to Tour de France, with memories of WWI fresh in their minds.”   ➤ “The Invisible Mile was a hypnotic… Continue Reading “The Invisible Mile – David Conventry”

On Beauty – Zadie Smith

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia Based on E M Forster’s Howards End, this book follows the lives of a mixed race US family, addressing ethnic and cultural differences. ✎ “While a fantastic book in its own regard, On Beauty‘s nod to E M Forster’s classic provides… Continue Reading “On Beauty – Zadie Smith”

J – Howard Jacobson

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A love story set in a dystopian future where a past catastrophe hangs over the characters and shrouds everyone in suspicion, denial and apology. ✎ “Murky, confusing, weird, interesting, oddly funny.  I enjoyed J but I wish I had read it without the Man Booker pressure, I would’ve… Continue Reading “J – Howard Jacobson”

A Tale For The Time Being – Ruth Ozeki

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Nao, a 16-year-old from Tokyo writes a diary, which is discovered by a Canadian novelist, Ruth, washed up on shore some time after the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. ❖ “Who would have thought a book which covers such myriad topics –… Continue Reading “A Tale For The Time Being – Ruth Ozeki”

The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel Karim, a mixed-race teenager, leaves the suburbs and moves first to London and then New York in this realist novel. ❚ “A contemporary story that strikes a chord on many levels. There is no great plot, or surprise… Continue Reading “The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi”