The four novels July discussion leader Tanya Christian, an editorial assistant at Real Simple, has suggested for our poll have a couple of things in common: Each one is time-tested, and each one offers a unique voice. See them below, then cast your vote by 11:59 pm ET on Sunday, June 23. And if you want to see more of Tanya’s work? Just turn to the back of any issue of RS: She puts together the beloved Real Simple To Go card.
Breath, Eyes, Memory, by Edwidge Danticat
The celebrated Danticat drew upon her homeland of Haiti and her adopted home of New York City for her debut novel, a vividly written coming-of-age story that deals with challenging subjects.
Love Walked In, by Marisa de los Santos
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the prose elevates this “chick lit” novel, given that its author is an award-winning poet. De los Santos puts a new spin on the idea of fated relationships with this tale of two lonely hearts looking for love.
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
Hurston’s classic of the Harlem Renaissance is a reflection on the African-American experience in the 1930s and ’40s South, as told through the life of its main character, Janie Crawford of Eaton, Florida.
The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
After winning a Pulitzer Prize for the story collection Interpreter of Maladies, Lahiri penned her debut novel, this poignant story of the clash between two cultures and two generations, and the universal struggle to find your footing in the world.