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A Fine Balance
by Rohinton Mistry
603 pages
Vintage Books
Genre: Historical Fictional, India


Set in 1975 contemporary India an unknown city plagued with corruption and the government has just declared a state of emergency, we meet 4 strangers, (Dina) an independent young widow, (Maneck) a young university student coming to the city from his rural home, (Ishvar & Om) Uncle & Nephew looking for work after running from their village. Fate will draw them together and a strong bond will be developed between all of them as they face the deteriorating society surrounding them.
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And The Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini
400 pages
Riverhead Books
Genre: Contemporary Middle Eastern Fiction


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The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
241 pages
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian


The premise of the book is very mysterious in the sense that the author doesn’t reveal the name of the place or the characters, we follow two of them a father and boy (nameless) as they navigate through a barren land on the aftermath of a disaster which almost wiped everything. The father decides that they have to go south on the beach for safety and we follow them, their thoughts, relationship and it is so quiet but a powerful one.
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Boy's Life
by Robert McMannon
539 pages
Pocket Books
Genre: Fantasy, Coming of Age


Cory (The main narrator) is a young lad living in Zephyr, Alabama in the 1960s, the small town is quite strange in a way. We see the beauty of being a child through his eyes and also the value of holding on to that inner innocence even as one grows up. One day as he accompanies his father in one of his milk deliveries an accident occurs that will take him into one interesting adventure with lots of unusual characters along the way.
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A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara
720 pages
Doubleday Books
Genre: Contemporary, LGBT


The book essentially follows four college friends ( Jude, Willem, JB, Malcolm) dealing with youth, career paths, identity and all sort of life conundrums. We follow them as they grow up, get old and unravel past secret especially from one of them (Jude)*TRIGGER WARNING FOR EVERYTHING* we uncover his dark past and we see how it affects his current future life & relationships.
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When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
208 pages
Genre: Autobiography, Biography


A profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question 'What makes a life worth living?'
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