The Interestings by Meg Worlitzer
This is such an interesting book. Seriously, it’s a big, juicy, sprawling novel spanning lifelong friendships and exploring issues of envy and success. It follows the life of Jules, a funny girl from the suburbs who meets a wealthy, artistic group of New Yorkers at a creative arts summer camp. The story follows the group over the years – their relationships, careers, wealth and families. It’s a hugely engrossing read.
More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin – I’m rereading the series before embarking on the finale. I loved them so much when I first read them as a student at Sussex university and living in Brighton. Revisiting them has brought home how influential they are and how hilariously funny, raunchy and original the characters are. I feel like I’m back in bed with old friends again! (I tend to read in bed or on the tube!) They’re classics.
Further Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin – only this book could lead to striking up a conversation with a total stranger on the tube. I never talk to anyone on the tube being an ultra moody Londoner. A sweet man checked out the cover and then we chatted for 4 stops about Anna, Michael and our love for the series. I nearly missed my stop!
Baby cakes by Armistead Maupin
The Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez
Babycakes by Armistead Maupin
The Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell