The members of Real Simple's online book club pick their January 2013 book.
Two things: First, don’t forget that you have until 11:59 p.m. ET this Wednesday, December 19, to vote for your favorite of the four books below. And second, if we could do a live chat with Robin Sloan, the author of our December book, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, sometime early next year, would you want to take part? Let us know in the comments below.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple
Two days before Christmas, wife/mother/renowned architect Bernadette Fox vanishes. Her 15-year-old daughter, Bee, tries to unravel the mystery of her disappearance, following a trail of e-mails, letters, blog posts, doctors’ reports, even F.B.I. documents, in this witty-poignant form-busting novel.
The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom
Seven-year-old Irish orphan Lavinia begins a new life as an indentured servant on a Virginia plantation in 1791. Her reality is brutal, but no more so than that of the slaves she lives among—but is never quite one of—in a twisting, tense take on the antebellum novel.
My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store, by Ben Ryder Howe
What happens when an earnest literary editor finds himself ping-ponging from his day job at a floundering magazine to his night job at the struggling Brooklyn deli he and his wife have bought for his Korean in-laws? Howe tells all in his funny, heartfelt memoir.
The Round House, by Louise Erdrich
A riveting coming-of-age story that begins with a horrific attack on the mother of the 13-year-old narrator, Joe, The Round House delves into issues of race and justice, love and revenge. The powerful winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction.