What ELLE reads: Summer picks
Delicious graphic novels, reverse narratives and heartache remedies are on our list
Jerusalem: Chronicles From The Holy City by Guy Delisle
"This travelogue takes you through the year the Quebecois author spent with his family in the Holy City. Follow his attempts to makes sense of the city’s multiple cultures, and his amusing take on the street life, traffic jams, political affairs and religious quirks that give a complete view of life in Jerusalem."
- Mamta Mody, Features Editor
Summer Crossing by Truman Capote
"This novella, set in New York, promises youth, rebellion and certain tragedy – exactly the opposite of what my summer is shaping up to be."
- Nidhi Jacob, Fashion Editor
Us by David Nicholls
“Douglas Peterson and Connie have been married for years, and seem like they are in for the long haul. It’s easy to imagine Douglas methodically attacking checklists and Connie – once an aspiring painter – gliding through life, carefree. Their son is just about to enter art school, and Connie has a month-long tour planned across Europe. Right before the trip Connie decides to end the marriage, but they all agree to take the holiday nevertheless. Of course, Douglas sees this as an opportunity to win back his wife. I can’t wait to dive in, see Connie through Douglas’ eyes and find out how they end up.”
- Sonam Savlani, Digital Editor
Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis
"This slim, ambitious novel makes a fine introduction to the brilliant stylist's work; it’s also the only one of Amis' books that his difficult-to-please father, author Kingsley Amis, read all the way through. It tells the story a Nazi war criminal entirely in reverse, giving everyday realities and difficult histories a whole new meaning: earthquakes build cities in seconds, lovers turn to strangers, doctors hurt people and send them out in ambulances, and concentration camps build a whole new race."
- Vatsala Chhibber, Junior Features Editor
Mislaid by Nell Zink
"I’m partial to late bloomers especially if they turn out to be geniuses like Zink, a Jack-of-all-trades who came to novel-writing at age 50 at the prodding of Jonathan Franzen. In her second novel, a gay woman and man in 1960S Virginia copulate under circumstances even they don’t fully understand and must then contend with their extraordinary lives borne out of this decision. Big themes like apartheid, women’s subjugation, abandonment and the inexplicable nature of desire are handled with startling insight and precision-humour. Omg, READ"
- Cheryl-Ann Couto, Deputy Editor
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This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
“I bought this one online because I found myself taking a screenshot of every excerpt I found on Instagram. This compilation of short stories carefully takes you through the thoughts of a man indulging in infidelity, hence, breaking his lover's heart, and what follows in the course of his relationships thereafter. Besides hitting a few personal chords, it never fails to make me wonder about the number of people that emerge unscathed through heartbreak – it’s a feat only the strong-hearted can achieve.”
- Anjan Sachar, Beauty Assistant