April was a lean month volume-wise, but rich in quality. I would recommend five out of the six books I read this month, keeping in mind that the Wharton books are re-reads for me. They’re even better the second time around.
|The Age of Innocence
The House of Mirth
|Edith Wharton||YEA. Especially if you think you hate Edith Wharton because you were forced to read Ethan Frome in high school. If you’re uncertain, start with The House of Mirth. The link on the title leads to a review of the film adaptation of HOM, in case you’re interested, but it contains spoilers.|
|The Flamethrowers||Rachel Kushner||YEA. But be prepared: it’s a book to be studied, not just read. Rachel Kushner is smarter than us.|
|The Casual Vacancy||J.K. Rowling||YEA. Wait a few more weeks and take it to the beach. It’s that kind of book.|
|Americanah||Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie||YEA. Stop reading this list and go read Americanah instead.|
|The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August||Claire North||MAYBE. It’s intelligent and has its moments, but they’re a bit few and far between.|