I believe novels are windows to souls of others. You can learn about something without having to experience it yourself. How marvelous is that? I love reading novels. It gets my imagination rolling and puts me in a state that you can almost call, trance-like. I try to read everyday but with my aging eyes, I can only keep my eyes on the pages for only a few hours.
Anyways, here are some of the best novels I’ve read recently. I hope you enjoy my list and if you have any novels you’d like to recommend, please let me know!
1. All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu
A beautiful coming of age story of Isaac, who immigrated from Africa to Midwest of America. (Oh how I pity him! He must’ve not known what winter was like before.) The story takes place in the 70s, in the midst of heated racial conflict in the U.S. Fascinating look at the period through the lense of a brave young man.
2. The Blazing World: A Novel by Siri Hustvedt
Very talented writer. I love her prose and flow of words: I find it mesmerizing. The story centers around art and artists, and mostly about their mindset and orientation in the world.
3. The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel by Cristina Henriquez
Delve into the very little told stories of immigrants and all the hardships that comes with the process of integrating into another society. Heartbreaking at parts, inspirational in others, this is the book everyone should read if they want to get an understanding of what immigrants go through.
4. Euphoria by Lily King
From acclaimed writer Lily King, this is the story about young anthropologists from 1930s that gets caught up in a passionate love triangle. Inspired by true stores, very interesting look into the world of Anthropology and those that inhabit that part of the world.
5. In the Night of Time by Antoio munoz Molia, translated by Edith Grossman
This book takes place in 1936, when a Spanish architect leaves his family behind to pursue a new life. I couldn’t agree with what he did but still an fascinating look into someone psyche who chooses to abandon his life to start anew.