Summer is approaching- and that means pool and beach reading! There is absolutely nothing I love more than escaping into a few great novels on vacation or by the pool. Theres’s something so relaxing about sitting back in a big lounge chair, sipping a cold drink with the water in my peripheral vision as I escape into an alternate reality through a well-written book.
There has been a recent increase in multi-narratior fiction- and I LOVE the trend. The books read almost like a detective novel- as you are seeing the same event from different perspectives. I love to look for clues as to what might happen next, and to think about one event from multiple perspectives.
I want to share with you five of my favorite multi-narrator summer reads. I devoured each of these in a matter of days- and I hope you love them as much as I did! This post contains affiliate links to the books.
I discovered Barbara Kingsolver have devoured every single on of her novels. The Poisonwood Bible takes place in Africa the late 1950s, and is narrated by each of the five daughters of a very fiery American minister. The first page of the novel is some of the most beautiful descriptive writing I have ever read, and the book just gets better from there.
Ann Patchett is an absolute master of storytelling. Commonwealth follows the story of six siblings over 50 years of their relationships. I can’t say it better than this excerpt from the New York Times review–
“In the most vivid chapter of Ann Patchett’s rich and engrossing new novel, “Commonwealth,” it is 1971 and six stepsiblings ranging in age from 6 to 12 years old have been left to their own devices. Their blended family is on a car trip, staying in a motel near a lake, and the parents — the beautiful, overwhelmed mother of two of the girls and the affably selfish father of two more girls and two boys — have left a note that reads We’re sleeping late. Do not knock. Thus the children eat breakfast at a diner, then gather supplies, including soda, candy bars, a gun and a fifth of gin, and hike to the lake, where they spend several hours swimming and leaping from a high rock.”
I happened upon this gem recently on the Featured Titles shelf at my local library branch, and I’m so glad I did. Kate Eberlen’s poignant romance novel follows the life of two high school graduates who have a chance meeting on a family vacation in Italy. The novel spans the next 30 years of their lives- until they meet again. I read it on two sittings.
Lauren Groff crafts a maddening metaphor for marriage through the eyes of Lotto and Mathilde- a married couple who experience events in their marriage from very different perspectives. Your mouth will hang open reading this book- and you might be very thankful for the partner you’ve got!
Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel is not for the faint of heart, but it is an incredible read. Spanning eight generations and two continents, each chapter features a different narrator. The entire book waves a narrative of Africa and the slave trade. You will be thinking about this book long after you read the last page.
Do you have any books recommendations for me? Tell me in the comments below!
Follow us on Instagram to check out our current reads!
This post is a little more personal than usual- but I’m having a really tough time enjoying time with my kids. Sometimes of even rather be anywhere else then with them. Hoping this book can help. Any advice? Este post es un poco más personal a lo que suelo poner, pero la verdad es que me está costando bastante disfrutar el tiempo que tengo con mis hijas. A veces hasta preferiría estar en cualquier lugar menos con ellas. Esperando que este libro me ayude. ¿Algún consejo adicional?