#FridayReads: Literary Fiction

If you’re looking for a book that will not only entertain, but make you think this weekend, we have the perfect list for you! From a look at issues of race, faith, and family in South Africa, to a story of disaffected youth in Ireland, these FridayReads will give you something to contemplate this weekend. 


An Imperfect Blessing

9781415207697It is 1993. South Africa is on the brink of total transformation and in Walmer Estate, a busy suburb on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, fourteen-year-old Alia Dawood is about to undergo a transformation of her own. She watches with fascination and fear as the national drama unfolds, longing to be a part of what she knows to be history in the making. As her revolutionary aspirations strengthen in the months before the elections, her intense, radical Uncle Waleed reappears, forcing her parents and sister Nasreen to confront his subversive and dangerous past.
Nadia David’s first novel moves across generations and communities, through the suburbs to the city centre, from the lush gardens of private schools to the dingy bars of Observatory, from landmark mosques and churches to the manic procession of the Cape Carnival, through evictions, rebellions, political assassinations and first loves. The book places one family’s story at the heart of a country’s rebirth and interrogates issues of faith, race, belonging and freedom.
An Imperfect Blessing is a vibrant, funny and moving debut.
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Eggshells

9781909718999Vivian doesn’t feel like she fits in-never has. She lives alone in a house in North Dublin that her great-aunt left her. She has no friends, no job and few social skills. She knows she is different. Before they died, her parents used to tell her she was a ‘changeling’ who belonged to another world. Each day, she walks the streets of Dublin, looking for a way to get there, but she never finds one. After all, Dublin has a certain charm, but no actual magic.

Instead of a way out, will Vivian find a way to feel like she belongs here in this world? Rooted in Dublin’s Northside, Eggshells is a whimsical, touching story about loneliness, friendship, and hope.

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Absolute Beginners

9780749009984London, 1958-Soho, Notting Hill . . .a world of smoky jazz clubs, coffee bars, and hip hangouts in the center of London’s emerging youth culture. The young and restless–the absolute beginners–were creating a world as different as they dared from the traditional image of England’s green and pleasant land. Follow our young photographer as he records the moments of a young teenager’s life in the capital–sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll, the era of the first race riots and the lead up to the swinging sixties…
A twentieth century classic, Absolute Beginners remains the style bible for anyone interested in the Mod culture and paints a vivid picture of a changing society with insight and sensitivity.
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Citizens

9781910742259Dublin 2010: Neil, twenty-six, unemployed, disaffected and disillusioned with Ireland, plans to emigrate and join his girlfriend in Canada. But having deferred his flight to attend his grandfather’s funeral, he stays behind to aid his grieving grandmother.
Dublin 1916: Harry Colley is a Pathe Newsreel cameraman, recently back from London, with a Cinemachine and four newsreels ready to capture the events of Easter Week. This is his life’s work: to chronicle the Irish struggle for independence and share it with the world. Neil accepts her grandmother’s request to read her father’s memoir. As he reads the reminiscences, he realizes that the newsreels spoken of in the text still exist. After viewing the reels, he sets off on a journey that will change his life, and the lives of all those around him, forever.
A timeless story of lost love and broken dreams that brilliantly counterpoints today’s globalized generation with Ireland’s nationalist revolutionaries of 1916, Citizens creates a conversation across a century in a unique novel that has echoes of Don DeLillo’s Libra and Transatlantic by Colum McCann.
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