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Phil, Queen's Square | February 1, 2020

There’s no better way to spend a chilly winter’s night than curling up on the couch with the dog and a new book.

I think I’ll start with Aravind Adiga’s Amnesty  which is set in Australia and tells the story of  a young illegal immigrant who witnesses a murder and must decide whether to tell the authorities and risk being deported in the process. Smart, witty and thought provoking.

Speaking of smart, Chris Bohjalian’s latest takes on the thriller genre. In Red Lotus,  an American man vanishes in Vietnam while on a bike tour with his girlfriend. His girlfriend, an emergency room doctor, is tasked with the job of figuring out what happened and in the process just how well she knew her boyfriend.

Three new novels take real events and spin a story. In Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende, we follow a doctor’s life from the Spanish Civil War and refugee camps to Chile, and the fall of Pinochet. It’s an expansive novel that is exacting in its touch.

Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich is based on her grandfather’s life, who worked as a night watchman and fought Native dispossession all the way to Washington DC in this illuminating and character rich novel.

 And finally, Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel is the final book in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy. (Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies are the first two). Both prior books have been award winners, so my expectations are very high.

Now go get your bookmarks and let’s start reading.

Amnesty by Aravind Adiga The red lotus by Chris Bohjalian Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich Mirror & the Light  Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel