We’re still reading and doing our best to #StayHomeHappy. This time we’re taking a look at books that’ll inspire you to dream of travel in Southern Europe.


The South

This 1990 classic by Colm Toibin is set in 1950s Barcelona. The South centers on Katherine who leaves her homeland, her husband, and her son for the Spanish city, and finds herself in a world of passion, art, and anarchy. On meeting Michael, another Irish emigre, Katherine is forced to delve deep into herself and re-examine her relationships with herself, her art, and her homeland.

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A Separation

Katie Kitamura’s 2018 novel A Separation tells the story of a young woman who agrees to a secret separation after her husband’s infidelity. But as she’s starting her new life without him, she hears that he’s gone missing in the Peloponnese. Searching for him in the wild landscape, she discovers how little she understands about the man she once loved.

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The Lying Life of Adults

This coming-of-age novel by Elena Ferrante has only been out in English a few months, but it's already taken the world by storm. Set in Napoli in the 1990s, The Lying Life of Adults follows twelve-year-old Giovanna on her quest to find her Aunt Vittoria. Why, when her father says she looks like her aunt, does he also say she’s ugly? Giovanna travels the city and seeks to unravel the mysteries of her family’s fallout.

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