You really don't want to miss these great fiction reads.
By Tiffany McDaniel
In a nutshell: This is being tipped as you of the most exciting releases of the year. If you loved Where the Crawdads Sing then this one is for you. Set in the rolling foothills of the Appalachians, this novel revolves around a young girl who discovers stark truths that will haunt her for the rest of her life. It's being hyped as "a punch-in-the-gut of a novel you won't be able to forget."
The plot: Born in a bathtub in 1954 to a Cherokee father and white mother, Betty is the sixth of eight siblings. The world they inhabit is one of poverty and violence - both from outside and within. When her family's darkest secrets are brought to light, Betty has no choice but to reckon with the brutal history hiding in the hills, as well as the heart-wrenching cruelties and incredible characters she encounters in her rural town of Breathed, Ohio. Despite the hardship she faces, Betty is resilient. Her curiosity about the natural world,her fierce love for her sisters and her father's brilliant stories are kindling for the fire of her own imagination, and in the face of all she bears witness to, Betty discovers an escape: she begins to write. A heartbreaking yet magical story about the crushing cruelty of human nature and the redemptive power of words. (SOURCE: Jonathan Ball)
Miss Benson's Beetle
By Rachel Joyce
In a nutshell: If you're looking for a gentle novel that will offer a portal to escape all this Covid-19 madness, then look no further than this book.A story about the smallest insect and the deepest friendship from the author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry and The Music Shop.
The plot: Margery Benson’s life ended the day her father walked out of his study and never came back. Forty years later, abandoning a dull job, she advertises for an assistant. The successful candidate is to accompany Margery on an expedition to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist. Enid Pretty is not who she had in mind. But together they will find themselves drawn into an adventure that exceeds all Margery’s expectations, eventually finding new life at the top of a red mountain.It's an intoxicating adventure story and it is also a tender exploration of a friendship between two unforgettable women that defies all boundaries. (SOURCE:penguinrandomhouse.co.za)
The Lies You Told
By Harriet Tyce
In a nutshell: From the author of Blood Orange, a psychological thriller that is very much in the same vein as Big Little Lies, Apple Tree Yard and Anatomy of a Scandal.
What it's about: Has she left her child in the care of a killer? Sadie has moved back to London so her daughter can attend the exclusive school her domineering father has secured her a place at. It's highly sought-after and highly competitive - just like the other mothers, Sadie soon discovers.While she's trying to get her daughter settled and navigate the fraught politics of the school gate, Sadie is also trying to reclaim a position in her old legal chambers - she used to practice as a criminal barrister. She's given the junior brief on a scandalous case involving a male teacher and his student. It's an opportunity to prove herself, but will she let a dangerous flirtation cloud her professional judgement? And will her sudden close friendship with another mother prevent her from seeing the truth - and the threat that she's inviting into her home? (SOURCE: Jonathan Ball)