It would seem that the literary world is taking a break from intense thrillers and spooky novels after all the excitement of Halloween with slower-paced offerings, including engaging fiction about cultures around the world, educational takes on history and politics as well as engaging essays from some of the most recognisable names, from controversial contemporary artist Ai Weiwei to Hollywood celebrities, Will Smith and Emily Ratajowski.
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1. The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louise Erdrich begins her latest novel on All Souls' Day 2019. A hilarious, profound and deeply emotional ghost story that takes the reader into the life of Tookie, a former convict who lands a job at a small and haunted independent bookstore in Minneapolis.
Follow Tookie as she solves the murder of Flora the bookshop ghost against the backdrop of a world grappling with a furious reckoning with a deadly pandemic and important social movement.