I didn’t get around to writing my summer reading plans so I want to share what I actually read this summer. I loved these books! You should read all of them! Some thoughts below to help choose just one.
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Narrated by a member of the South Vietnamese army who is also a sympathizer (spy) to the Viet Cong, the story begins as he leaves Viet Nam for America just as Saigon falls. Read this for an interesting perspective on America’s role in the war and treatment of Vietnamese immigrants. This is rare – a challenging page-turner!
Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
I’ve read a lot of historical fiction about slavery. This is like none of the others. There is some magical realism here and license that the author takes with history to create a different reality – sometimes better and sometimes more terrifying than actual history. Read this because it could not be more topical.
Christodora by Tim Murphy
This novel spans four decades in New York beginning in the 70’s. It is centered on residents of an apartment building, Christodora House, and follows them over time dealing with consequences of AIDS, addiction, and complicated family relationships. Read this because of the rich characters, compelling issues, and because Tim Murphy will be at City Lit on September 29th.
Still on My List:
Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee: It promises to be dark and complicated.
Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers: It’s time to read Dave Eggers.
Slade House by David Mitchell: I want to be ready with a good ghost story on a dark, stormy night.