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Books for the #BrunchBookChallenge

A coming-of-age page-turner (The Bone Clocks), a legal thriller (Gray Mountain) and erotica (Scandalous Housewives) – the books featured here are a mixed bag. Pick what you like.

brunch Updated: Apr 07, 2015 18:40 IST
Hindustan Times
Man Booker Prize,The Bone Clocks,David Mitchell coming-of-age page-turner (The Bone Clocks), a legal thriller (Gray Mountain) and erotica (Scandalous Housewives) – the books featured here are a mixed bag. Pick what you like.

Fantasy, thriller, David Mitchell... What’s not to like?
The Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell

In 1984, 15-year-old Holly Sykes runs away from home – after fights with her ‘mam’ and a break-up. Regular teenage stuff you’re familiar with. What follows, you would assume, is a story of making it on your own.

What really follows, over the 600 pages of this tome, is a twisted, mind-numbing metaphysical thriller. The six parts of the book, with their six intricate plots, take you through several countries (from Ireland to Switzerland to Iraq) and to the realm that exists between the living and the dead.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year,

The Bone Clocks

demands undivided concentration. Mitchell takes you through Sykes’ life and the people who enter her life, with their own stories to tell – an unscrupulous Cambridge undergrad, a foreign war correspondent in Iraq, a former “wild child of British literature”.

Throughout the book, several ‘others’ lurk in the margins of the pages – somewhere between reality, dreams, hallucinations and shadows.

-by Satarupa Paul

Note: Try not to buy a pirated copy for once!

Gray Mountain

by John Grisham

Samantha Kofer is an associate at New York’s largest law firm. When the recession hits, she is shown out of the building. Her only consolation: a clause which says she could be re-hired if she volunteers with a non-profit agency in the meantime.

And so, Samantha finds herself at the Mountain Legal Aid Clinic in a small town in Virginia. She has many firsts here: her first lawsuit, first victory and first encounter with the world of coal mining.

Barely 100 pages into the book, you will be drawn into the dangerous territory of the coal mafia through what seems like a collection of stories about families hoodwinked by big coal companies.

Gray Mountain,

ultimately, is about the choice Samantha must make: whether to go back to NYC or to fight for people who can’t fight for themselves.

Sounds obvious? The book has unexpected twists and turns (though not too many). For three weeks, it remained at the top spot of the US bestseller list. It’s unlike most Grisham novels, but you’ll find that you like it anyway.

-by Atisha Jain

Another bad book of sex

Scandalous Housewives: Mumbai

by Madhuri Banerjee Wives is a hot category in porn. And in this regard, this book – about four wives living in one of Mumbai’s high-rise buildings – is tolerably satisfying.

Aarti’s loving husband can’t get it up, ever (things you need to figure before the wedding!) so she gets it on with her ex. Sarita and her husband have a Fifty Shades of Grey thing going on. Outrageous, because the entire Gujarati parivaar can hear their bedroom antics. Natasha, the perfect cougar, is sleeping with a friend’s barely legal son. Gita, a young, unloved wife, has an affair with her wonderful devar.

Banerjee tries to give you some insight into marriages in India – Marriage, too, comes with conditions. No matter what your parents tell you. And an extramarital affair? That one has consequences – but she fails.

This is a ridiculous book. The premise, too plain. The prose, tautological. But it is racy.

-by Saudamini Jain

From HT Brunch, December 7

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First Published: Dec 05, 2014 20:27 IST