Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, a love story that unfolds in a world being irrevocably transformed by migration.
In an unnamed city teetering on the brink of civil war, a young couple embarks on a furtive love affair. Estranged from her tradition-bound family, sensual, fiercely independent Nadia is a rarity as a single woman living alone. Gentle Saeed still lives at home with his parents, a love match from an era when most marriages were arranged but social freedom was greater. As the long-simmering unrest explodes, turning the city into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, the couple is at first separated and then thrust into an intimacy for which they may not be ready. They begin to hear talk of doors—doors that can whisk people far from their country, if perilously and for a price. When a wave of executions sweeps through the city, the two decide that they no longer have a choice. They find a door and leave behind their homeland and their old lives.
Following the couple through the mysterious doors—which lead them first to a migrant camp on Mykonos and then to teeming Vienna, a squatter-occupied mansion in west London, and finally to California, with its timeless beacon of promise and possibility, Exit West is Mohsin Hamid’s most ambitious and electrifying novel yet. Both wide-angled and heartbreakingly specific in its depiction of the forces that are wracking our world, and the lives that are uprooted, transported, and reshaped in the process, it’s an epic compressed into a slender page-turner, a novel both completely of our time and for all time. Buy Now
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Middlesteins comes a wickedly funny novel about a thirty-nine-year-old single, childfree woman who defies convention as she seeks connection.
Who is Andrea Bern? When her therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she's a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it's what she leaves unsaid--she's alone, a drinker, a former artist, a shrieker in bed, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh--that feels the most true. Everyone around her seems to have an entirely different idea of what it means to be an adult: her best friend, Indigo, is getting married; her brother--who miraculously seems unscathed by their shared tumultuous childhood--and sister-in-law are having a hoped-for baby; and her friend Matthew continues to wholly devote himself to making dark paintings at the cost of being flat broke. But when Andrea's niece finally arrives, born with a heartbreaking ailment, the Bern family is forced to reexamine what really matters. Will this drive them together or tear them apart? Told in gut-wrenchingly honest, mordantly comic vignettes, All Grown Up is a breathtaking display of Jami Attenberg's power as a storyteller, a whip-smart examination of one woman's life, lived entirely on her own terms. Buy Now
In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant
The bestselling author of Blood and Beauty returns with another captivating novel about Renaissance Italy and one of history’s most notorious families. Before the Corleones, before the Lannisters, there was the Borgias.
The ferocious rise of the Borgia family in Rome has taken the country by surprise, as Pope Alexander VI—Rodrigo Borgia—openly wields his illegitimate children as dynastic weapons: His son Cesare, the arrogant, sadistic leader of a victorious mercenary army, and his scandal-soaked daughter, Lucrezia, a pawn in the marriage game.
In Florence, a city once celebrated for her artistic wealth and learning, the people lament what has been lost after the mad monk Savonarola’s pious reign. Politics is a blood sport; violence an acceptable form of diplomacy. But Niccolò Machiavelli, a clever and calculating undersecretary, thrives in such conditions, eager to quietly manipulate the affairs of state to his own ends. Machiavelli is impressed with the influence and boldness of the Borgias—and one man in particular catches his eye.
With his moods growing more unstable and his impatience often turning into fury, Cesare will defy his own father and hatch a secret plot to consolidate his power and feed his ambition. Lucrezia, whose previous husband was murdered by her possessive brother, is set to marry once more to further the Borgias advantage. But her future sister-in-law will become a formidable adversary.
While alliances are forged, tensions between regions intensify, and deceptions are set like traps for the unwary, Sarah Dunant’s thrilling novel reveals the passions and betrayal, unrest and intrigue, conspiracy and murder that leads to the epic fall of the House of Borgia. Buy Now