Few things comfort like a book. Whatever your mood, there is almost always a book to go with it. All you need is to look deeper.
To help you stay abreast with the new novels that come out every month but tend to get lost in the crowd, here’s a list that will help you decide what to read.
Much like last month, we are here to help you decide which books to keep an eye out for in November.
Find Me by Andre Aciman
With the sequel to his widely-acclaimed 2007 novel Call Me By Your Name, Aciman revisits the tumultuous and volatile relationship of Elio and Oliver. This time the story is being narrated by Elio’s father Samuel Perlman. He embarks on a journey to visit his son, who has become a gifted pianist and on his way meets a young woman. Life then, changes as he knew it. There is also Oliver, stuck in an unhappy marriage.
A review in Guardian states, “Find Me is an unashamedly romantic and philosophical novel. Characters fall in love with one another’s discourse, with topics ranging from literature and music to notions of time, desire and fate: “time is always the price we pay for the unlived life”. And yet Aciman manages, by immersing us in their emotional dynamics, to present this intellectual sparring without pretentiousness.” It is published by Random Penguin House.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
From the author of the celebrated The Night Circus, comes another enduring tale. This time Morgenstern weaves an engaging love story but it unfurls in an underground world. There are lovers and liars, and a starless sea. The novel traces the journey of its protagonist Zachary Rawlins as he comes across a book one day, telling him a story about that one day when he didn’t open his door.
A review in Tor.com states, “The Starless Sea is a love story, an epic love letter to the art of storytelling and to the power of stories. It’s a complex ode to unfamiliar mythic narratives that spills out in many directions because ‘the stories of a place are not easily contained.’” It is published by Penguin Random House.
Cult of Two by Michael Faudet
The fifth book by Faudet is entrenched in a similar territory of love; this collection of poetry, prose, and short stories. It is whimsical and heartbreaking at the same time. It is published by Simon & Schuster.
All Cats Are Introverts by Francesco Marciuliano
Few animals are as enigmatic as cats. Cat lovers will describe them differently than a bystander. In this new collection of poems, Marciuliano weaves words from the point of view of cats. And it turns out that the rumours are true. They are introverts, insightful, frighteningly alert and love to nap. This will make for a great gift for all those cat lovers you know. It is published by Simon & Schuster.
Modern Manhood: Conversations About the Complicated World of Being a Good Man Today by Cleo Stiller
Emmy and Peabody Award-nominated health reporter Cleo Stiller in this book focuses on the ‘good guys’, those who support the #MeToo movement but are increasingly feeling exasperated, unsure about what to say and steer a conversation that tends to become grey. Stiller, through his work, explores these grey areas, and uses real-life conversations. It is published by Simon & Schuster.
The God Child by Nana Oforiatta Ayim
Ayim’s debut novel is being hailed as one of the most distinguished works from Africa in a long time. It traces the journey of Maya who grows up in Germany and has her homecoming when she returns to Ghana as a young woman. It is published by Bloomsbury.
The Stories of the Sahara is a little known autobiographical account of the life and love of the Taiwanese author Sanmao, shedding light on the time she lived in the Sahara Desert with her Spanish husband Jose Maria Quero y Ruiz. The story of the adventurer is thrilling and enriching. It is published by Bloomsbury.
Suncatcher by Romesh Gunesekera
From the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author comes a glorious coming-of-age story. Based in Sri Lanka in the 60s, it tracks the inevitable changes and the difficult friendships that come with it. It is published by Bloomsbury.
The Panama Papers: The Untold India Story of the Trailblazing Global Offshore Investigation by Ritu Sarin, Jay Mazoomdaar and P Vaidyanathan Iyer
The Panama Papers’ revelation rattled the world. A whistleblower and more than 350 reporters working for nine months and in complete secrecy led to one of the biggest accomplishments of investigative journalism in recent times. The Indian Express was the only Indian publication to be associated with it and now, for the first time, three reporters lay the details bare. It is published by Penguin Random House India.
Hindu Trinity by Devdutt Pattanaik
One of the most accessible mythologists in India, Pattanaik delves into the stories of the Hindu trinity and explores the various ways they are represented in this book. Published by Westland, it serves as an excellent source of Hindu symbolism.
Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company edited by William Dalrymple
This book, that consists of six essays by William Dalrymple, Jerry Losty, Henry Noltie, Andrew Topsfield, among others, celebrates the many stellar works by Indian artists, those who worked for the British patrons between the 1770s and towards the end of the Mughal rule in 1857. It is published by Bloomsbury.
Menoka Has Hanged Herself by Sharmistha Gooptu
The author of Bengali Cinema has come up with a historical novel of sorts that deals with the norms and etiquette that existed in the film industry in Kolkata in the 1930s. The starting point is a heroine, Menoka, hanging herself. It is published by Simon & Schuster.
Bending Over Backwards by Carlo Pizzati
In this travelogue, Pizzati begins his impossible journey to find a cure for his backache that troubled him for 20 years. He goes to posturologist’s office in northern Italy, even to the mountain air of Boulder just to find new modern cures. And as he travels, he gauges how intertwined is spirituality with technology. The book is as much about facing your fears as it is about discovering them. It will be published by Harper Collins India.
The Sikhs by Khushwant Singh
Harper Collins India will publish The Sikhs by Singh. It consists of the author’s acknowledgement of the contribution made by the nine gurus in shaping the Sikh religion. He also inspects the setting up of the Singh Sabha and the consequent social reform and the impact of the Ghadr rebellion.
(Bookmarked is a monthly guide to help you decide which books to keep a lookout for.)