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Summer by… the book

We’ll always have summer and everything it brings along: parties; beaches; and -of course- books. This summer, our reading list introduces you to parallel universes that champ at the bit to burrow into your suitcase. All you have to do, is experience them.

But what is it about reading that puts it amongst our summer-musts? The answer is simple and its true essence is found in a phrase of Walt Disney indicating that

“there is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island”.

And speaking of treasure, it couldn’t be elsewhere than in a summer book list consisted of season’s latest or highly anticipated reads.

1. Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi. Yaa Gyasi’s amazing debut novel and one of the most talked-about in last year’s London Book Fair, has just been published. With its main theme focusing on two half-sisters in 18th century Ghana, unknown to each other, Gyasi “passes” her storytelling through race, history, identity and love with astonishing authority.

2. The Girls, by Emma Cline. One of the highly anticipated summer reads. Putting at the heart of her novel a group of young women in the end of the ‘70’s in Northern California, Cline creates an incredible portrait of them and of the women they finally become.

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3. How to Set a Fire and Why, by Jesse Ball. With his works having been compared to those of Borges and Calvino because of the use of a spare style, Ball creates a novel on a girl finding her way to adulthood, by unraveling a story of family loss and misguided friendships.

4. Bark Skins, by Annie Proulx. Αfter almost ten years of abstention, a master storyteller is back to her natural environment. Famous for works such as “Brokeback Mountain” and the Pulitzer Prize winner “The Shipping News”, Proulx creates a marvellous novel on the taking down of the world’s forests, by magnificently marrying history and imagination.

5. Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley. The creator of the TV series “Fargo” makes a thrilling comeback in fiction by writing the… thriller of the year. Brimming with suspense, the novel raises questions of human nature, fate and the ties that bind us together.

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