Recommended Reads

This week, our Book of the Week is 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in this Strange World. The novel deals with themes such as identity, family, and culture so we have put together a list of books with similar themes that we hope you will also enjoy.

Funny boyFunny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai

Growing up in the 1983 Sri Lankan pogroms as Tamil, identity is paramount to Arjie and his family. But even within his community, Arjie knows he is different. Follow his story in this beautifully written reconciliation of culture and sexuality.


FreshwaterFreshwater by Akwaeke Amezi

An extraordinary novel, Freshwater explores the notion of having a split self. Emezi’s protagonist, Ada, struggles with having ‘one foot on the other side’. Her fractured selves emerge as a result of this phenomenon, pulling her towards darker and darker paths as Ada fades into the background of her own mind.

Half of a yellow sunHalf a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Set to the backdrop of the Nigerian civil war, Adichie’s novel follows the intertwined lives of a University professor, a boy from a poor village, a young woman who has abandoned her privileged lifestyle, and an English writer. Half of a Yellow Sun explores the horror of war as the characters are pulled together and apart in unimaginable ways and have their loyalties tested to the extreme.

The bell jarThe Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Plath’s only novel, the Bell Jar is a semi-autobiographical tale of aspirations and struggle. When Esther Greenwood wins a dream internship, she expects to have the time of her life. Instead, Esther begins to slide out of control as she struggles to adjust herself within New York society.

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