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Modern Fiction Book of the Month – October 2023

Darwin is a down-on-his-luck gravedigger, newly arrived in the Trinidadian city of Port Angeles to seek his fortune, young and beautiful and lost. Estranged from his mother and the Rastafari faith she taught him, he is convinced that the father he never met may be waiting for him somewhere amid these bustling streets. Meanwhile in an old house on a hill, where the city meets the rainforest, Yejide’s mother is dying. And she is leaving behind a legacy that now passes to Yejide: the power to talk to the dead.  

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – September 2023

The encounter between 87-year-old Kent coast resident Edie, who is in the early stages of dementia, and Jonah, a traumatised Malawian migrant hiding in her barn. An unlikely companionship that helps them make sense of their worlds even as they struggle to understand each other.

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – August 2023

Two women. Two eggs. One switch. A dual narrative novel about a seemingly impossible situation: two women, Katherine and Tess, find out after pregnancy that their eggs were mistakenly switched during in vitro fertilization (IVF). For Katherine, the news is her worst nightmare realized. For Tess, the news is a seed of hope.

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – July 2023

What if going back means you could begin again? Rocked by a terrible accident, homeless Kelly needs to escape the streets of Glasgow. Maybe she doesn't believe in serendipity, but a rare moment of kindness and a lost ring conspire to call her home, returning to the small town she fled so many years ago.

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – June 2023

A sweeping, unpredictable novel about power, wealth and truth, set against the backdrop of turbulent 1920s New York. A Wall Street tycoon takes a young woman as his wife. Together they rise to the top in an age of excess and speculation. But now a novelist is threatening to reveal the secrets behind their marriage, and this wealthy man’s story – of greed, love and betrayal – is about to slip from his grasp. Composed of four competing versions of this deliciously deceptive tale, Trust brings us on a quest for truth while confronting the lies that often live buried in the human heart. // »Join the reading group //

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – May 2023

A student and aspiring researcher on Gothic nudes rents an apartment from a painter, Agnes. When Agnes unexpectedly arrives in the city, she settles into the upstairs studio, sharing stories of her tumultuous past and scattered art. As time passes, it becomes clear that Agnes may not have a home to return to. Her stories are frenetic; her art scattered and unfinished, white paint on a white canvas. Will their unlikely friendship be enough to help Agnes find her way?

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – April 2023

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing. A brilliant chemist in the sexist 1960s, she is forced to resign from her all-male team. Reluctantly, she becomes the host of a cooking show, but her scientific approach to cooking sparks a revolution, empowering overlooked housewives to challenge the status quo, one molecule at a time. (Join our Fiction reading groups to discuss this book)  //  

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – March 2023

A bighearted debut with technicolor characters, plenty of Texas swagger, and a powder keg of a plot in which marriages struggle, rivalries flare, and secrets explode, all with a clever wink toward classical mythology. Takes the reader to both the world of the ancient greeks and modern America at the same time – all the drama of the ancient Greek and Roman mythology packed into one week of modern family living. ”For fans of Madeline Miller's Circe: The Iliad meets Friday Night Lights in this muscular, captivating debut”

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – Feb 2023

This is a true story. An author goes on a book tour for his new bestseller which, as people keep telling him, is one hell of a book. This is a coming-of-age story. One morning, he meets The Kid: a young Black boy who looks just like the one he keeps seeing on the news. And The Kid wants him to tell his story. This is a sad story. It’s the story of a boy who spent most of his life trying to hide. And it may not be that different from the story of our author. This is a love story. But to find out why, you’ll have to read this for yourself... Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – Jan 2023

Eager to clean up his act after his troubled early twenties, Owen has returned to Kentucky to take a job as a groundskeeper at a small college in the Appalachian foothills, one which allows him to enrol on their writing course. It's there that he meets Alma, a Writer-in-Residence, who seems to have everything Owen doesn't - a prestigious position, an Ivy League education, and published success as a writer. They begin a secret relationship, and as they grow closer, Alma, from a supportive, liberal family of Bosnian immigrants, struggles to understand Owen's fraught relationship with his own family and home. / *Join the reading group /