1. US by David Nicholls
"Funny, sad, tender...I loved this book." Jojo Moyes
Long listed for the Man Booker Award and an Amazon Best Book of the Month for November, Nicholls explores one family's unraveling during a trip through Europe. David Nicholls brings the wit and intelligence that graced his enormously popular New York Times bestseller, One Day, to a compellingly human, deftly funny new novel about what holds marriages and families together - and what happens, and what we learn about ourselves, when everything threatens to fall apart.
"A smartly optimistic romantic comedy that uses angst and humor to illuminate the resilience of the human heart... Part requiem, part reboot, Douglas's efforts to preserve his disintegrating family take him on another kind of journey, too, from despair to unexpected joy." (O Magazine, November 2014)
Complex family drama...perfect read for the holidays!
2. BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty
Sometimes it's the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. A murder, a tragic accident, or just parents behaving badly? What's indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what? Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads "Moriarty demonstrates an excellent talent for exposing the dark, seedy side of the otherwise "perfect" family unit. Highly recommended." - Library Journal (starred review)
Probably one of the most talked about books of the year, BIG LITTLE LIES explores marriage, motherhood and the lies we tell ourselves.
3. STILL LIFE WITH BREAD CRUMBS by Anna Quindlen
Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now on the decline, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life. A poignant novel of unexpected love and self-discovery, an exploration into the beautiful, often unrecognized, details of life.
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it might help if you gave us some examples of books you already know that fit that category but when i hear 'mystical realism' i think immediately of latin american writers, such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Fuentes, and Isabel Allende. If you already know whether your prefer male or female authors, then you can pick who you want to read that way, but Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude is a classic as is Allende's House of Spirits and they both deal with mystical realism or surrealism.