After the success of the series “Big Little Lies”, based on the novel of the same name by Australian Liane Moriarty, this writer suddenly grew in our status, and her books moved from the section “love affair” to racks with so-called “quality prose”.
Blue whales, massively teasing teenagers to suicide, are afraid not only in Russia, but also in Sweden: the novel Erik Axl Sund (two people took refuge under this pseudonym at once – Swedish musicians Jerker Eriksson and Håkan Axlander Sundquist, already famous for the detective trilogy “Victoria Bergman”) is based, in essence, on a similar mythology.
An almost classic novel written by Robert Charles Wilson is another comment on self-fulfilling prophecies. In the future not far from us (but still quite far from 1999 when the novel was written) in the future, in 2021, something incredible is happening on the Thai island of Chumphon: a 60-meter column carved or cast from an unknown one literally materializes from nowhere.
It is hard to imagine a book so unusual, charming and enveloping – in a word so worthy of the reader’s attention and love as “Little, Big”. The history of the Drinkwater family and their enchanted estate is a book-magic door, for which time flows completely different from the outside, and for which you want to stay for a long time, if not forever: the benefit of the dimensions – more than seven hundred pages – allows.
Some novels seem to be specifically created to define “good-quality”. “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin are definitely one of them: the four-part saga of two sisters and two brothers will hardly leave a particularly deep imprint on the reader’s heart, but will almost certainly provide him with a good set of impressions, and with luck, even a couple of non-trivial thoughts.