We’re now approaching the end of what has been a glorious summer in the UK. And though I know there are some who are relieved that the heatwaves are now a thing of the past (spoilsports!), I am not one. The only thing that makes me feel better about the shorter days and increasingly cooler weather, is the fact that I can snuggle up in my bed and read some awesome books! And even better I don’t need to make excuses for not going out. Literally the only reasons Autumn and her sister Winter work me.
But I digress.
As ever there are a whole load of books out there just waiting to be read, and as I did before back in May, I’ve put together a short list of books that have made my TBR list, and I hope will make yours too!
Hold by Michael Donkor (aka Housegirl in the US)
Synopsis: Belinda, a 17 year old housegirl in Ghana, is sent to the UK to work for the friends of her employer in the hopes that she would be a positive influence on their rebellious teenage daughter Amma. Leaving behind, her fellow housemaid Mary who she sees as a younger sister, Belinda must adapt to a new household and a new country, as well as try to befriend her new family’s daughter.
IMHO: Depicted as a ‘coming of age’ story, I’m pretty excited to read this novel especially as it’s by a Ghanaian author .So far the talk around it appears to be very positive, and much praise has been given for it’s exploration of female sexuality and identity, and as well for giving a voice to a section of society who are often seen but ignored and certainly not heard.
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Synopsis: Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel is about a nurse, Korede, who finds herself in a dangerous pattern of abetting her younger sister, Ayoola who can’t seem to stop killing men, apparently in self-defence. It all gets a bit more complicated when Ayoola starts dating a doctor at the hospital where Korede works, and happens to be Korede’s longtime crush. Can /will Korede save him from her homicidal sister (and how)?
IMHO: I have so many questions, which will not be answered until I read this novel! It already sounds like a page turner and also like a lot of fun, sisters with serial killing tendencies notwithstanding.
Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Synopsis: A re-imagination of the history of Uganda through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan. On the way to the capital to pledge allegiance to the new leader of the Buganda kingdom, Kintu Kidda unleashes a curse that will plague his family for generations. An ambitious tale weaving together the stories of Kintu’s descendants as they seek to break from the burden of their shared past and reconcile the inheritance of tradition and the modern world that is their future.
IMHO: I’ve actually started reading this one, and while it’s okay so far, it is a bit of a slow burner. Nonetheless, I’m hopeful that it will pick up soon.
She Would be King by Wayétu Moore
Another re-imagined tale, She Would be King re-imagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three characters linked an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from her village, somehow survives being starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead. Over on a plantation in Virginia, June Dey his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to runaway. And Norman Aragon, the child of a white British coloniser and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them.
IMHO: I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this one when it’s release in the UK later this month. I’m liking the idea of history mixed with magic realism and given the title, I’m guessing women are the heroes and take center stage in this one.