A twist at every turn
A collection of short stories, The Dinner Party and Other Stories, keeps you thinking long after you have finished reading them and closed the book. You wonder what could have been, you wonder why relationships are so fragile, so delicate, why egos so big. You wonder how far you are willing to go to not upset the apple cart – What does it take to hold on to a relationship even if you know it doesn’t exist anymore. The stories are cathartic, incomplete and addresses that one moment of vulnerability in the characters when they break down and expose their true self to the reader. If you are unsure about you want, this collection surely pivots you in many directions.
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When you need to be completely absorbed
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie caught me by the throat and sucked me right in. It is a powerful book about identity politics and the increasingly hostile and polarised times we are living in. The characters are compelling and the story stays with you even after you put the book down. The book was a visceral read. The way Kamila built the tension increasing the pressure as we got closer to the climax had my body coursing with adrenaline even though I was doing nothing more active than lying in bed eyes glued to the page. The unpredictability of the narrative, the pace and how she laced even the tensest bits with a dark and derisive humour was what made this novel for me.