Whether you’re improvising at home, or jetting off to pastures new, book your ticket on these literary adventures, for instant Sun, Sea, and…Text.
Call Me by Your Name – André Aciman
American-Italian, Elio, recounts the long, desirous days of summer 1987, when he shared ‘instant affinities’ with doctoral student, Oliver, a guest at his parents’ Tuscan villa. An ode to erotic infatuation, and the implicit language between lovers.
The Accidental Tourist – Anne Tyler
Set in Baltimore, Macon Leary dislikes travel, adventure and surprises. Unfortunately, he’s the author of a series of successful travel guides, The Accidental Tourist of the title, devising ingenious solutions for those averse to leaving home. Expect turbulence.
Brightness Falls – Jay McInerney
The first in McInerney’s Manhattan-based trilogy, profiling the symptomatic marriage between young couple, Corrine and Russell Calloway. Brightness, here, becomes euphemism for existential and economic destruction, set against the 1987 Wall Street crash.
Walden – Henry David Thoreau
‘I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…’ Thoreau’s exile to nature, living in the cabin of his mentor, Emerson, is not-so-much an early-American dalliance with the Danish, Hygge-movement, but a protest of self-reliance, set near Walden pond.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid
Two strangers meet in a cafe on the streets of Lahore in this charismatic thriller. Framed by monologue, which takes us from a school scholarship in Pakistan, to the hallowed halls of Princeton University, this tale is simultaneously chilling and charming from first to final page.
The Lemon Grove – Helen Walsh
Exquisite storytelling, set in a vividly depicted, Deia, Mallorca. An unexpected guest ignites the reawakening of Jenn, a middle-aged, middle-class wife, on vacation in rural Spain. Nathan is young, beautiful, and did we mention, dating her stepdaughter?
Red Carpet & Other Banana Skins – Rupert Everett
The captivating anecdotes, and disarming confessions, of ever-charming, over-thinking-woman’s thespian, Rupert Everett. Follow his rising star and decadent descent across London, Paris, Hollywood, Columbia and Miami.
Rachel’s Holiday – Marian Keyes
Technically, Rachel’s in rehab, but when a family intervention forces her to check-in to Dublin’s answer to The Priory Clinic, Rachel’s determined to let the good times roll. What she doesn’t plan on is getting sober.
No and Me – Delphine de Vigan
Parisian teenager, Lou Bertingac, meet homeless girl, No, who she plans to interview for a school assignment. Published as an Adult novel in France, and YA novel in the UK, the story is hopeful, heart-breaking, and told with tenderness and truth.
Hot Milk – Deborah Levy
Caring for an ailing mother by day, and entwined in the lives of local inhabitants by night, Sofia navigates the terrain of Identity in this atmospheric novel. At once as mesmerizing and simplistic as the Southern Spanish setting.