Summer Blues Books: Fiction You Must Read This September

It’s hard to believe that September is here already. Where has the summer gone? I think it’s a question we all ask when we wake up in the morning and the weather is surprisingly dull. As I was browsing some new releases in books, they gave me this nice nostalgic feeling of summer. Summer blues books – that’s what they are for me. Perfect for warming your heart while hugging a cup of tea.

Summer Blues Books

  • Pieces of Happiness by Anne Ostby

    Why I Love This Book: Mature women. Chocolate. Discovering the value of friendship. Fiji. Sounds refreshing, eh?
    Back Cover Copy: When recently-widowed Kat writes to her four old school friends, inviting them to live with her on a cocoa plantation in the South Pacific, they swap icy pavements and TV dinners for a tropical breeze and an azure-blue ocean. Leaving behind loneliness, dead-end jobs and marriages that have gone sour, they settle into the Women’s House, surrounded by palms and cocoa trees; and locals with the puzzling habit of exploding into laughter for no discernible reason.
    Each of the women has her issues to resolve, and secrets to keep. But together the friends find a new purpose, starting a business making chocolate: bittersweet, succulent pieces of happiness. As they embrace a new culture that views ageing so differently from their own, will they learn to accept and forgive: to discover the value of friendship, and a better way to live?
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  • Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

    Why I Love This Book: Longlisted for 2017 Man Booker Prize. Mixed fates of two families. Looks like drama/fun.
    Back Cover Copy: Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed.
    Then Eamonn enters the sisters’ lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to—or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz’s salvation? Suddenly, two families’ fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined, in this searing novel that asks: What sacrifices will we make in the name of love?
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  • Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

    Why I Love This Book:Exploring polygamy in 21st century. Sacrifice over happiness of someone you love. Discovering your emotional power.
    Back Cover Copy: Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage–after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures–Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time–until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin’s second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does–but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine. An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.
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  • Tin Man by Sarah Winman

    Why I Love This Book: Intriguingly promising plot that sounds simple. Two boys grow up. Annie walks into their lives. What happens next?
    Back Cover Copy: It begins with a painting won in a raffle: fifteen sunflowers, hung on the wall by a woman who believes that men and boys are capable of beautiful things.
    And then there are two boys, Ellis and Michael, who are inseparable. And the boys become men, and then Annie walks into their lives, and it changes nothing and everything.
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  • The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

    Why I Love This Book:A refreshing look at today’s life on Manhattan.
    Back Cover Copy: The story of the Golden family is told from the point of view of their Manhattanite neighbour and confidant, René, an aspiring filmmaker who finds in the Goldens the perfect subject. René chronicles the undoing of the house of Golden: the high life of money, of art and fashion, a sibling quarrel, an unexpected metamorphosis, the arrival of a beautiful woman, betrayal and murder, and far away, in their abandoned homeland, some decent intelligence work. Invoking literature, pop culture, and the cinema, Rushdie spins the story of the American zeitgeist over the last eight years, hitting every beat.
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  • Less by Andrew Sean Greer

    Why I Love This Book:Running away from problems has never been more fun. Maybe this book is a guide how you do it right.
    Back Cover Copy: Who says you can’t run away from your problems? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.
    Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, Less is, above all, a love story.
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  • Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

    Why I Love This Book: They say Tom Hanks can write. I’m intrigued to find out for myself.
    Back Cover Copy: A hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends. A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A woman adjusting to life in a new neighborhood after her divorce. Four friends going to the moon and back in a rocket ship constructed in the backyard. A teenage surfer stumbling into his father’s secret life.
    These are just some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour, and insight, the human condition and all its foibles.
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