The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt
Could not put this down - read it in two sittings - on the Eurostar to Paris and on the Eurostar back to London. Pardon French countryside! I find Hustvedt a fascinating author. Had only read 'What I loved' previously and was keen to sample some more of her work. In this book the heroine, Mia, has suffered a nervous breakdown following her husband's adultery. She takes herself off to her mother's town in order to convalesce. Whilst there she leads a writing workshop for young adults and develops relationships with the girls in the course, her mothers' elderly friends and her neighbour. But what about the errant Boris... read it and find out!
Read if... You enjoyed 'The Marriage Plot' by Jeffrey Eugenides. You are interested in the female psyche and relationships. You loved 'Reading Lolita in Tehran' by Azar Nafisi. You've had enough of men!
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Take an unexpected and emotional journey with Harold. It will reward you with a fresh perspective on belief, a charming tale of rambling and some heart warming/wrenching twists and turns. Ordinary, extraordinary and very touching - a really unusual story.
Read if... You have lost faith in mankind! You enjoy quintessentially British things. You like films such as 'The Straight Story' or 'The World's Fastest Indian'.