A book about hope and tenacity. About resilient teenagers and women who think on their feet. One that stays with you long after you have read the last sentence.
The normal world has no room for exceptions. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata is a compelling read about the struggles of a socially awkward individual to conform to the rules of the society.
I am quite a moody reader. My next pick depends on what piques my interest. Here is a list of books I enjoyed reading this year. They range from fiction to fantasy to short stories. And quite a few translated works.
“There’s no greater show of love and faith than traveling a long distance for somebody.” The book follows the story of three sisters – Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina who have been asked to undertake a pilgrimage on behalf of their mother.
It was the title “My Land across the Border” that piqued my interest. A term often used by my grandfather as he reminisced about pre-partition India. Both my parents’ families were displaced by the partition.
No Presents Please came highly recommended and I was looking forward to reading the book. It definitely did not disappoint. This is not the kind of a book that you can read in one go.