A rainy day, a cup of tea and a bookstore…the perfect day
- The Age of Reinvention by Karine Tuil
Another New York tale because I’m addicted to a city I’ve never been to!
The book tells the story of talented law student Samir Tahar, a French Muslim, who encounters what he believes to be racial discrimination when applying for jobs. On a whim, he shortens his name to Sam and soon after is employed by a firm believing him to be Jewish, an assumption Samir does nothing to contradict. When Samir later becomes a successful and much-feted lawyer in America, he perpetuates the lie of his Jewish heritage. Appropriating the tragic personal history of his former best friend, Samuel, he marries the daughter of one of New York’s most powerful Jewish men and establishes a network of lies that eventually catches him up with devastating consequences.
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
I’ve been told this is a fabulous introduction into….my literary nemisis…fantasy *inward shudder* but you’ve got to try everything once, right?
This is the first of the trilogy and has been highly recommended by…well pretty much everyone!
Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.
- New York by Edward Rutherford
I read Rutherford’s previous book Paris on a whim and fell in love with hi writing. Rutherford has the ability to tell the entire history of a city…without feeling like you’re having a history lesson. New York weaves together tales of families rich and poor, native-born and immigrant—a cast of fictional and true characters whose fates rise and fall and rise again with the city’s fortunes.
Has anyone read any of these? I’d love to hear what you think 🙂