READING LIST: the debuts

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

This month’s books have two things in common. The first is that they are both debut novels; I’ll let you figure the second thing out for yourself ;)

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – no doubt you’ll have heard about this book already, otherwise it’s quite possible you’re living under a rock. Starting life as a screenplay, it is just a lovely thing to read right now. The author puts himself in the mindset of an autistic genetics professor and perfectly captures his thought process as he searches for a woman to make his wife. The humour is laugh-out-loud funny, yet surprisingly subtle, and Professor Don Tillman is a modern hero in every sense of the word. Have you read it? Let’s discuss!

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead – a stunning debut that details the complexities of family, the book is set on the New England island of Waskeke, where the Van Meter family have gathered to celebrate the marriage of their daughter Daphne. What ensues is anything but idyllic, as the father of the bride experiences a midlife crisis and the most pivotal moment of his daughter’s life – good one, Winn! I love a good family drama, and this one manages to be both hilarious and sharply observant. 

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