It’s been a while since we’ve had such a tight race. But right now, any of three books could easily take top honors. (Sorry, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: You would need a big surge at this point to get back in the running.) Have you made your pick yet? Who knows: You may cast the deciding vote. Our poll is open until 11:59 p.m. ET this Sunday, March 24. Cheers!
What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty
Imagine waking up and not remembering the last 10 years of your life. That’s exactly what happens to 39-year-old Alice, who is stunned to find that her marriage is failing, her sister doesn’t speak to her, and three kids are calling her Mom. The book follows her on the journey of uncovering the details of a lost decade.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo
Boo, a writer of the first order (a Pulitzer Prize winner, she is on staff at The New Yorker), lived in the slums of Mumbai, India, for three years to capture these stories of heartbreak and survival. Poignant and beautifully written, Behind the Beautiful Forevers was a 2012 National Book Award winner.
The Suitors, by Cécile David-Weill
Likened to a modern-day Downton Abbey, The Suitors also provides a glimpse into the lives of the old-money set, here in the South of France. A witty comedy of manners.
Defending Jacob, by William Landay
In this crackling courtroom thriller, a Massachusetts assistant district attorney is rocked by a brutal murder in his hometown—of which his own 14-year-old son stands accused.