Good Reading : December 2017
BEST FIC TION BEST FIC TION BOOKS FROM GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018 14 ROUND-UP 1 The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George Tired of life and trapped in a loveless marriage, Marianne tries to drown herself in Paris. Dragged out of the water by a homeless man, she flees the hospital and ends up in a French seaside village, where her life takes a completely different turn. This story of second chances and eccentric characters will charm you. Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester Set in England and New York in the interwar years, this story is about Leonora East, who has a burning ambition to create lipstick and mascara to make herself and other women feel confident and beautiful. The author was once a marketing manager for a cosmetics company, and this exper ience gives her story a strong sense of authenticity. Ache by Eliza Henry-Jones A family attempts to rise from the ashes after a bushfire destroys their mountain town. After fleeing from the devastation to the apparent safety of the city, Annie flounders as a mother and struggles with her marriage as she realises that she can’t stay away from the mountain. This story has a special resonance for Australian readers. To the Sea by Christine Dibley Combining the magical realism of an Irish family legend and a hot summer holiday in southern Tasmania, the novel also involves a police procedural that takes place after a 17-year-old girl vanishes from a holiday home. To the Sea culminates in a heart- stopping conclusion. It’s been a bumper year for good fiction, especially stories from Australian writers – both emerging scribes and old favourites. This round-up of fiction titles includes the story of an ambitious businesswoman in the interwar years, a Middle Eastern couple who escape the hell of war via magical realism plot lines, the struggle a family undergoes as they try to rebuild their lives after a bushfire, and an inventive backstory to Peter Pan.