Chicks Picks • Five Novels to Read in 2016
The Expatriates by Janice Y K Lee
Publisher – Little Brown UK
Publication Date – 12 Jan 2016
The Expatriates follows three very different American women living in a small expat community in Hong Kong. There’s Mercy, 20-something Columbia graduate who is adrift in life, unable to hold down a job or a man; Hilary, a wealthy housewife who is devastated by infertility and worries about her floundering marriage; and, Margaret a mother of three who is struggling with her maternal identity. As each woman struggles with her own difficulties, their lives inevitably crash into one another in ways that could have traumatic repercussions for them all.
New York Times best-selling author Janice Y K Lee crafts a beautifully layered story about grief, forgiveness and finding one’s true self in a foreign country.
The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells by Virginia Macgregor
Publisher – Little Brown UK
Publication Date – 14 Jan 2016
One ordinary morning six years ago, Norah left her life and family behind with no explanation. Now, she wants her life back. However, life at Willoughby Road has changed. There is another woman in her place, Fay, who held the family together in her absence.
Norah’s reappearance brings everyone questions. Where has she been? Why did she leave? And why is she back? But most importantly, what happens now that she is back?
Virginia Macgregor, author of What Milo Saw, brings us a powerful and emotional story about growing up, self-discovery and family relationships.
And After Many Days by Jowhor Ile
Publisher -Tim Duggan Books
Publication Date – 16 Feb 2016
Jowhor Ile has written an ambitious debut novel about the sudden disappearance of a young man amidst political upheaval in Nigeria; and the emotional and powerful journey this takes his family on, told through a complex weave of both past and present, the personal and the political.
And After Many Days is a clever narrative of childhood, family love and politics that will leave you mesmerized.
Hold Still by Lynn Steger Strong
Publisher – W.W Norton
Publication Date – 19 April 2016
Maya Taylor sends her daughter, Ellie, to Florida to look after a friend’s child, as a way to help her rebuild her life and her confidence. However, Ellie fears she will only disappoint her mother again and subsequently, one afternoon something happens that will change life as they know it.
Heralded as this year’s Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng), Hold Still is a story of good intentions, fractured relationships and the depths of a mother’s love.
The Course of Love by Alain de Botton
Publisher – Hamish Hamilton – Penguin Books UK
Publication Date – 28 Apr 2016
Rabih is a man who grew up believing in love at first sight. He meets Kirsten, they fall in love, get married and have children. However, this is not the end of the story, this is only the beginning.
Twenty years after his debut Essays in Love, Alain de Botton returns exploring love after the “happily ever after” and how it can survive and thrive long term in this astute and insightful novel.