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The fishing season is officially here and as the stars say it’s time to let your creative juices flow freely! What better way than to take inspiration from the words of the writers who were born during the fishing season? If you’re someone who’s a fellow Pisces colleague or just appreciates all the magical words and language, this list of wonderful books by Pisces authors is for you!
A thousand glorious suns By Khaled Hosseini
Bringing two generations together as the war draws closer, this is one of the most heartbreaking novels ever written in the history of literature. Set in the conflict-ridden areas of Afghanistan, this book speaks of survival, love, and the intense human urge to make whatever may come. A deeply moving chronicle of family and friendship, coupled with Hosseini’s skillful prose, is no easy read. But it will give you a lot of hope for the future as it tells the story of indestructible love that conquers every weirdness and triumphs in the end.
An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India By Shashi Tharoor
This book is an exposé on how British rule in India impoverished a nation and how the people had to grapple with its consequences for years. After the collapse of the Mughal Empire, the East India Company became the official ruler of India, depriving its compatriots of the resources that rightfully belong to them. Tharoor’s immaculate research and incredible wit brings the colonizers’ discrimination against Indians into the spotlight and how the colonial hangover still weighs on their people.
MC Higgins, The Great By Virginia Hamilton
Published in 1974, this book won Hamilton the Newbery Medal for Outstanding Literary Achievement in American Children’s Literature. Mayo Cornelius Higgins lies amidst lush nature, adorned with hills and valleys. But nothing feels soothing as he keeps dreaming of escaping the wounds of the open pit mine and the mountain of rubble that has become his home. It’s a coming-of-age novel about three phenomenal days in Higgins’ life. This extraordinary book for young readers also talks about the unusual customs of the mountain people, which are made up of songs and superstitions.
All the passion spent by Vita Sackville-West
In 1860, 17-year-old Lady Slane hoped to become an artist one day. But born at a time when women did not have the opportunity to choose the agency for themselves, she instead becomes a mother and wife. Seventy years later, after the death of her husband, she finds freedom in Hampstead. She leaves her family home to pursue her age-old dreams. She also finds her community, all of which are unique in their own way. This book is a wonderful reminder that it is never too late to follow your passion.
Small Island by Andrea Levy
About the lives of four main characters, a Jamaican couple and their white landlords, this book is filled with delicate human emotions that are often lost over time. Hortense came to London from Jamaica in 1948 to build her life from scratch in a new country. Her husband returns from the war with great hope, which will soon be undone as he is treated as a second class citizen. They soon develop a friendship with their white landlady, Queenie, whose husband unexpectedly returns and deals with problems of his own. This novel brings to life the struggles of the post-war generation struggling to overcome adversity and optimistic about the future.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
This novel was first published in 1908 and has since achieved canonical status. Despite being a children’s novel, adults alike can indulge in the eccentric charm it has to offer. Set in the pastoral version of Edwardian England, this book focuses on the lives of four anthropomorphized animals: mole, rat, toad, and badger. The book begins with the meeting of the mole and the rat. With the onset of spring, Mole steps outside to enjoy the fine weather. It contains some independent short stories with advice and mole. All characters are nuanced and worked out with great literary skill. This highlights just how creative Grahame is, and overall, makes this book a must-have for anyone celebrating the fishing season.