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Any Human Heart, William Boyd

Atonement, Ian McEwan

The Confessions of Max Tivoli, Andrew Sean Greer. If you ask me to press a book upon you to get lost in and to cry your heart to, this will be it. Max Tivoli is a man who is born old, and is hurtling toward infancy. Hard enough to negotiate on its own, his condition is compounded by the fact that he (lucky soul) meets his soul mate in his 20s (when he looks about 50) and then proceeds to get younger and younger as the woman that he loves goes on with her normal life. This book may also be filed under ‘Literary Acrobatics’ because melodramatic plot points alone did not make me cry endlessly while reading this. – joon

Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer. This is really one of the most impressive first novels ever, better even than Zadie Smith’s much-acclaimed White Teeth, in my opinion. It’s laugh-out-loud hilarious right from the first page but the humour belies a violent and disturbing truth that’s struggling to break through — and eventually does. One of the best things I’ve ever read, really. – yasmine

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer

The History of Love, Nicole Krauss. This book has some of the most poignant and heart-breaking depictions of loneliness that I’ve ever read. The point of view alternates between 15-year-old Alma and 70-year-old Leopold Gursky, both loveable and sweet and lonely as hell. While Alma is on a quest to find a lover for her grieving mother, Leopold is striving to get close to his estranged son who doesn’t even know he exists. Their fates are bound by a single book, a Holocaust survivor of it own right, with its own tale to tell. – yasmine

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro

The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

Veronika Decides To Die, Paulo Coelho

While I Was Gone, Sue Miller

White Oleander, Janet Fitch

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