In anticipation of Monday’s announcement of the November She Reads Book Club selection, I am revisiting the last three months’ titles.
In August, She Reads selected Kathleen Tessaro’s The Perfume Collector. Tessaro uses the most powerful of the five senses–the sense of smell–to recollect the years between the first and second World Wars and different countries’ responses to war–from the United States to bombed-out England to occupied France. This historical fiction title will linger on your memory long after you’ve turned the final page.
The Husband’s Secret may be one of my favorite books of the year. This September She Reads Book Club selection has incredible narrative drive. Liane Moriarty masterfully weaves together the different plot lines and characters’ perspectives. The novel asks the reader, “What secrets are you willing to keep?”
But the reason this book is one of my favorites is because I want to discuss the epilogue with everyone. Have you read the book? What did you think of the author’s final word? (No spoilers for those who haven’t read to the end).
And in October, She Reads chose Jojo Moyes’s The Girl You Left Behind. I haven’t read Moyes’s bestselling first novel, Me Before You, but I’ve heard from many of my fellow She Reads bloggers that this follow-up is even better than the author’s notable debut. The Girl You Left Behind is not just the title of the book; it’s the title of a painting at the center of a war crimes dispute. In a series of satisfying reveals, you’ll get to know Sophie Lefevre, the girl in the painting who is also the artist’s wife. And you’ll understand why her visage is so important to modern-day art owner, Liv Halston, who fights to keep the painting.
All three of these books are nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards. The Perfume Collector is a nominee in the Best Historical Fiction category and The Husband’s Secret and The Girl You Left Behind are nominees for Best Fiction.