Gods, Lies and Folly

Book Corner

Goddesses, Lies and Folly, in a trilogy of modern fictional classics.

Jacob’s Folly – Rebecca Miller

Author Rebecca Miller’s latest novel, Jacob’s Folly is a story about love, family religion and human folly.

It tells the tale of Masha Edelman, a woman who yearns for a life on the stage and an escape from her strict religious family and Leslie Senzatimore, a man who wants nothing more than to be a hero.

The arrival of Jacob, a traveller who seeks to make his mark on both their lives sees a story unfold that impacts on each of the principal characters.

Miller continues to surprise and entertain with her unexpected storytelling and brilliant characterisations, weaving a wonderfully gripping tale of romance and tender comedy, which cements her status as one of the most talented writers of her generation.

Jacob’s Folly is out now from Canongate Books.

The First True Lie – Marina Mander

The First True Lie tells the story of Luca and his mother, who share a special bond in a very fragile world.

And this world is shattered for Luca when one winter morning his mother fails to wake up. Alone for the first time in his life, this terrified young boy goes to school, pretending everything is as it has always been but returning home each evening to a cold, dark house.

With no one but his cat Blue for company and his terrible secret forever evident on the other side of the bedroom door, this heart breaking, tale proves to be a beautiful debut novel from Italian writer Marina Mander.

The First True Lie is out now from Canongate Books.

The Goddess Chronicle – Natsuo Kirino

Based on the Japenese myth of Izanami and Izanagi, The Goddess Chronicle follows Namima, a headstrong young girl with an unavoidable fate ahead of her. But it is not until her sister is chosen as the next oracle that Namima is told this means she is destined to serve the goddess of darkness.

Trapped in the realm of the dead with her bitter and heartbroken master, Namima is desperate to return to the land of the living to be reunited with the boy she loves.

However, as her work continues, so Namima discovers that the goddess of darkness may be right after all and that returning to the island where she once lived will only serve one purpose. Revenge.

Author Natuso Kirino is a leading figure in the recent boom of female writers of Japanese hard-boiled crime fiction and her latest work is a dark and disturbing piece that adds to her already impressive list of material.

The Goddess Chronicle is out now from Canongate Books.

George R Vaughan

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