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Top 5 Fall Reads

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Fall is a great time to stay inside and curl up with a good book. Here are my top five recommendations. I’ve also included an excerpt from each book. 

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1.      Anil’s Ghost, Michael Ondaatje

This book follows Anil Tissera, a native Sri Lankan forensic pathologist. She returns to Sri Lanka during its civil war as part of a Human Rights Investigation by the United Nations. Anil discovers the skeleton of a recently murdered man and intends to bring about justice for the unidentified victim. You’re sure to love this strong female protagonist as much as I do.

Secrets turn powerless in the open air.” 

2.      Asleep, Banana Yoshimoto 

The novel contains three stories, which explore themes of: sleep, dreams, and death. Yoshimoto’s prose has a serene beauty to it, and the plot and characters are presented naturally. Her style gently lulls the reader into a state of openness and trust, making the supernatural events that occur in these stories feel more believable.

 “What was important wasn’t the fireworks, it was that we were together this evening, together in this place, looking up into the sky at the same time.” 

3.      To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

This may have been required reading in high school, but it is definitely worth revisiting. Lee handles difficult subject matter with warmth and dignity, yet she manages to maintain a sense of levity throughout. Both Atticus and Scout Finch have become classic characters in literature, acting as reference points for moral goodness and integrity.

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” 

4.      The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami

I have read almost all of Haruki Murakami’s books, and if you enjoy consistent authors, you’ll love him too. There’s a particularly funny New York Times cartoon that depicts Murakami Bingo, which lists: a mysterious woman, something vanishing, the feeling of being followed, unexpected phone call, cats, urban ennui, supernatural powers, and more. With that said, this book is definitive Murakami. It begins with a man searching for his wife’s missing cat.

“For both of us, it had simply been too enormous an experience. We shared it by not talking about it. Does this make any sense?” 

5.      Possession: A Romance, A.S. Byatt

This book is an interesting blend of historical and contemporary fiction. It focuses on present day academics who, through analysing old letters, journals, and poems, uncover the relationship between two Victorian poets. What is truly remarkable is Byatt’s invention of a believable correspondence between the poets. Of particular note is her ability to compose poems that are beautiful in their own right; poems that could have been published as self-contained pieces under her own name. Instead, they have found their way into this very lovely novel, attributed to fictional characters.

“I am a creature of my pen. My pen is the best of me.” 

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"Each one of us continues to carry the heart of each self we’ve ever been, at every stage along the way, and a chaos of everything good and rotten. And we have to carry this weight all alone, through each day that we live. We try to be as nice as we can to the people we love, but we alone support the weight of ourselves."

-Banana Yoshimoto

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