PICKS OF THE WEEK (Sept 23 - 29, 2017)

  • 23 Sep - 29 Sep, 2017
  • Mag The Weekly

The Burning Girl

by Claire Messud

As this intense coming-of-age novel opens, teenage Julia is grieving the loss of her best friend Cassie. The author captures the complicated nature of modern adolescence using a nuanced portrait of childhood love and loyalty weakening under the pressures of coming close to adulthood.

Home Fire

by Kamila Shamsie

The author’s powerful story of the complexities of love, family and state in wartime is structured as a contemporary Antigone. The Pashas – Isma and her siblings, twins Aneeka and Parvaiz – have grown up in Wembley under the shadow of their jihadist father. This seventh novel by Shamsie is well-timed and sad, with a memorable ending.

The Shape of Bones

by Daniel Galera

In this novel, Galera writes of Hermosa, a plastic surgeon haunted by a violent episode from his past and describes him using subtle, textured prose, translated from the Portuguese by Alison Entrekin. The author captures the process through which a 15-year-old turns into a man.