The Story of the Lost Child – Elena Ferrante
The fourth and the final instalment of Elena Ferrante’s infamous Neapolitan novels arrive this September. You want to lose yourself in Italy? Check. The historical Neapolitan landscape is vividly and beautifully drawn out by Ferrante. You’ll feel you are there. The book keeps on diving on the exhilarating friendship between Lila and Elena, two women living life fully amidst sharp encounters with poverty, riches, crime, men, and jealousy.
Never hear of Ferrante? You can get the full ride by starting first with the first instalment in the series (My Brilliant Friend). Here, you will meet Lila and Elena as young girls and will find out why Ferrante has written the ultimate love story – that of female friendship.
Infinite Home – Kathleen Alcott
High praise is being sent the way of Kathleen Alcott’s Infinite Home. The book’s heroin, Edith, is the #womanboss at a Brooklyn brownstone and queen bee to her eclectic collection of tenants. Edith thinks out of the box and sheds an unconventional guiding light on the lives of all who touch her – readers included. Want to reflect on the meaning of finding one’s place in a tribulated world? This one’s for you. Not your Summer read. (Entertaining) depth, please!
M Train – Patti Smith
From punk rock mistress and the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids comes the follow-up autobiographical narrative M Train. Here, Patti guides us through another roadmap to her life, amidst (wouldn’t you have thought) the walls and buzzing noise of the various cafés she has passed through in her jet-setting life. Amidst steaming cups of black coffee, Smith weaves her fluid and eloquent observations on dreams and reality. Her voyage across the world includes Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico to Berlin, and other artist and global hot spots. Featuring her signature Polaroids, M Train is a jewel of cool – much like Patti Smith herself.