By Diane Sheckells
---- — EAST KINGSTON —This steamy July days call for a quiet spot, a cool air conditioned space and a good read. You can find all three at the East Kingston Public Library. So many authors have interesting new titles out this season and we also have a strong backlist of authors you might like to explore.
If you are a bit daring, you might enjoy Kate Atkinson’s new book, Life After Life. Set in England between the wars, it is a rather unusual take on reincarnation. The unique plot structure is circular rather than linear and the main character literally dies many times but after each death, she returns to make different choices. These choices, of course lead to new outcomes. The characters in the story always remain true to who they are but their circumstances morph. Atkinson’s earlier novels are not as challenging in plot structure, but are also peopled with strong, believable characters.
In a similar vein, you may like Sisterland, a story of twins. In the Amazon review it is described as:
“Funny, haunting, and thought-provoking, Sisterland is a beautifully written novel of the obligation we have toward others, and the responsibility we take for ourselves. With her deep empathy, keen wisdom, and unerring talent for finding the extraordinary moments in our everyday lives, Curtis Sittenfeld is one of the most exceptional voices in literary fiction today.”
Of course everyone is on the list for the new Dan Brown book, Inferno. Our patrons have been giving it great reviews.
“In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.” amazon
If you don’t want to wait for a long reserve list you may enjoy one of Matthew Pearl’s novels. Set on this side of the ocean these mysteries often have a New England setting and also share classical connections. The Dante Club was his first novel. Famous literary lions solve a string of murders based on Dante’s rings in Hell.
So come in, cool off and read!