No holiday is complete without some literary escapism ...
Time Out Dubai staff
The Fantastic Thriller 11/22/63 Stephen King Jake Epping, a teacher from Maine, abandons the modern, digital world and travels back in time to 1958 – a world of JFK and Elvis. Encountering a beautiful librarian on the way, King’s protagonist meets a troubled Lee Harvey Oswald, in this examination of American culture, mixing fantasy and fact in a great what if…? Scribner
The Family Drama Freedom Jonathan Franzen Travel on an emotional rollercoaster through Walter Berglund’s family life in suburban America. War profiteering, green politics, popular music and infidelity are all covered in this story of the life of an environmental lawyer. From the troubles with his son to his difficult but loving relationship with his wife, Walter’s life is as comic as it is tragic. Macmillan
The Moving Read The Tiger's Wife Tea Obreht Natalia Stefanovic is a young doctor who lives with her mother and grandparents in an unnamed Balkan city. Preferring Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan to the old fashioned music and beliefs of her society, she adored tagging along with her grandfather to the zoo, where she would listen as he spoke of a girl he once knew called the ‘Tiger’s Wife’. War returns, the zoo closes and a curfew is imposed as Natalia’s life is turned upside down. Random House
The Epic 1Q84 Haruki Murakami Set in 1984, Tokyo, a young woman called Aomame follows a mysterious taxi driver’s advice and begins to notice the puzzling discrepancies in her world. She identifies this parallel existence as IQ84, with the 'Q' standing for a question mark. Simultaneously, an ambitious young author embarks on a ghostwriting project which threatens to make his life unravel. Vintage
The Adventure Story Swamplandia Karen Russell Following a tragic death in the Bigtree Alligator wrestling dynasty, a family are struggling to stay financially solvent. In a peculiar and eccentric novel about girls, ghosts and alligator theme park wrestling, young heroine Ava Bigtree takes you on an unforgettable journey. Vintage Contemporaries
The Controversial Topic The Evolution Of Bruno Littlemore Benjamine Hale Under the guidance of professor Lydia Littlemore, a precocious chimp achieves the power of human speech and narrates his life story. In Hale’s stunning debut, a self-conscious Bruno struggles to control his primate instincts, leading to upheaval and an eventful road trip. Twelve Publishers