There’s something about an author’s words that take you on a journey and make you feel different emotions. We often get trapped and entangled in the lives of characters written in our favourite works. While we are trapped in the world of our just finished books, we seek to find new ones to get stuck in. The burning question of ‘What book should I read next?‘ is now answered. Here are 6 pieces of fiction that will evoke true emotions out of you.
A Fine Balance – Rohin Mistry
Set in mid-1970s India, the story covers the lives of four unlikely individuals during political turmoil. When the government declares state of emergency during the people of India are left powerless under a dictatorship. What draws these characters together is the lone fact that they must fight to survive. With crackdowns on civil rights the fight is real for them. Poverty and cruelty evoke the reader to feel compassion and pain. Glimpses of kindness and friendship provide hopeful breaks. A Fine Balance will take you on an emotional journey forcing you to be happy for what you truly have.
The Virgin Cure – Ami McKay
This story is from the perspective of a naive little girl named Moth born into poverty. In order to find her way out of the struggle, her mother sells her to a wealthy woman who owns a brothel. “The Infant School” is where clean men come to sleep with young virgins. During the time, sleeping with a virgin was believed to cure a man of syphilis putting these girls at risk. Moth becomes friends with a doctor she meets who causes her to re-evaluate her life. Similar to Memoirs of a Geisha, this book will trap you, making you feel every emotion from sad, scared, and happy in her shoes as you follow her journey.
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
The story inextricably links the characters pulling you on a crazy and emotional journey. Set during the 30 year time period of Soviet invasion in Afghanistan to the Taliban rebuilding, the story chronicles the lives of two generations of characters. It follows Mariam, who was cast away by her father and forced to love an abusive man, and Laila a young woman in love, tricked into marriage. The linkage of these characters draws surprise and emotion from the reader and will have you placing yourself in different shoes. This unconventional story of love will make you cry and realize how quickly joy can be taken away.
My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult releases the tear gates in her story about a family’s struggle. Anna is a young girl who’s purpose seems to be to give bits and pieces of her body to help fight her sister’s leukaemia. This story will draw anger, sadness, and joy from you as you follow Anna’s struggle and defence of her own body by suing her parents. It becomes a story of defining the roles of a good parent, sister, and father and shows you how your morals can be pushed to certain limits. The value placed on the sisters’ lives in these books comes to play as Picoult narrates the struggle and pain that both of these sisters go through, and how love can be heart-wrenching and painful.
Veronika Decides To Die – Paulo Coehlo
As seen in The Alchemist, Paulo Coehlo has demonstrated that he can cause a reader to re-evaluate their life and realize what is in front of them. In this redemption novel, Coehlo passes his experiences in mental institutions into his writing following the main character Veronika. She is a young woman who seemingly has everything she could ever want. In an unusual event, she decides to commit suicide by consuming sleeping pills. Her attempt fails and she ends up in a mental institution where she dramatically affects the lives of all the patients, but especially three. One of them is Eduardo whom she falls in love with. Given a limited time to live and that no one will judge her, she lets her guard down and allows her to experience true and raw human emotion.
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Atwood takes the reader into the dystopian society. Gilled is the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the United States. Society has truly changed dramatically with rights reduced to next to nothing. For women not part of the 1%, they are used for the sole purpose of reproduction for the upper class. The reproductive ritual is called “The Ceremony”, where all parties become one. The tale follows Offred, a handmaid to a high up commander of Gilead. Through her, the reader will experience the feeling of love, fear, and despair as she tells her tale. With treachery, affairs, and secrets this novel will capture you and take you into this dystopia Offred lives in.
What book has trapped you in its reality?
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