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The end of summer days...

When I was a kid, summers were endless. Alas, now they get shorter every year! I still read ferociously every holiday, and these titles can stretch that elusive warm, sunny season just a bit longer. Enjoy!

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Text: Susan Jessen Spiele

Vibrant, light and warmhearted

The Moroccan daughter

By Deborah Rodriguez

Amina has returned to her childhood home in Morocco to attend her sister’s wedding and tell her father that she is married to an American. Three other women join who have secrets of their own and several twists and turns ensue.

Eloquent and thought-provoking

The Vanishing Half

By Brit Bennett

The Vignes sisters are identical twins growing up in a southern black community. However, after running away when they are sixteen, their life choices become very different, from families to racial identities. But what happens when their daughter’s lives intersect one day.

Sweeping, lyrical and exquisite

Against the loveless world

By Susan Abulhawa

Nahr is locked away in solitary confinement, reflecting on the dramatic events that landed her in prison in a country she barely knows. Born in Kuwait by Palestinian parents, she ends up a refugee herself and winds up in Palestine.

Honest, darkly funny debut

Candice Carty-Williams: Queenie

Queenie works at a national newspaper and begs to write about Black Lives Matter. A young Black woman living in London, straddling Jamaican and British culture, Queenie finds herself seeking comfort in the wrong places after a messy break-up with her white boyfriend.

Did you know?

Things are thankfully getting back to normal, including the English events at Roskilde library. On the 16th of September at 18:30, you can join an expat potluck; though instead of a dish for the joint buffet, everybody brings cake to the Cake Extravaganza! You can find your free tickets at; Expat Dinner Cake Extravaganza! | Roskilde Bibliotekerne.

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