10 BOOKS THAT SWEEP YOU OFF YOUR FEET (AND PUT YOU SOMEWHERE ELSE) [SHOWING SLIDE 1 OF 10]

All books are supposed to envelop you in the world a writer depicts, whether it’s based in reality or fashioned from imagination. Some writers are just better at it than others. As schools close, the thermometer rises and we hunt for books that suck us into evocative worlds, we list 10 absorbing books this week that not only captivate you with the universe they create but take you to places that are slightly off-kilter. These are reading experiences you won’t soon forget.

by Kate Atkinson

"Provocative, entertaining and beautifully written. It's not quite the tour de force that her Case Histories (2004) was, but this latest affords the happy sight of seeing Atkinson stretch out into speculative territory again."
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