“Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it,” Gabriel García Márquez wrote in his autobiography “Living to Tell the Tale”. The novels in this month’s book selection do just that - tell us tales and take us down the memory lanes. But wait, these lanes seem to be meandering… is it what we remember or do we just think we do?
Many novels in this selection are reminiscent of García Márquez as their authors daringly mix fables and myths into the fabric of daily life. They all ask questions about who we are, where we come from, how our stories - and histories - shape us, and how we may also be shaping them in return. These novels will drag you into labyrinths of family stories and take you on a world tour from Georgia, Iran, South Africa, Hawaii and to Thailand. Oh, that’s going to be a hard choice! (We simply gave up and got them all, avoiding looking at all the unread books on our shelves…)