When She Woke: A powerful reimagining of The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke is a timely fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of the not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated, and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can.
What Alice Forgot: What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over? Alice Love, twenty-nine years old, comes to on the floor of a gym and discovers that she’s actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce. A knock on the head has misplaced ten years of her life, and Alice isn’t sure she likes who she’s become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to her.
Shantaram: Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas—this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.
Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline. The most talked about book in the publishing world for this fall, this book was devoured in a couple of days by half the staff at Bloomsbury. A quick read and a really fun book!