We're going to reach back into the past for our choices this month, which come courtesy of Amy Feezor, the copy director of Real Simple's marketing department and our May book-discussion leader. Vote for your favorite of the choices below by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 20.
Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris
This impressive and amusing first novel, set in a Chicago advertising agency facing layoffs, deals with the jockeying personalities and swirling emotions familiar to anyone who has worked in an office (or watched The Office).
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
Waugh’s classic novel of upper-class life in Britain between the wars tackles issues of wealth, religion, and love, in all of their complexities.
The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy
The funeral of a young girl opens The God of Small Things, which delves into the politics both of the family it depicts and of India in the late 1960s, told in language and cadence that verge on poetry.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark
At an Edinburgh, Scotland, school for girls, strong-minded, outspoken Jean Brodie forgoes conventional teaching methods and devotes herself to (and overly involves herself with) a handpicked group of students—one of whom will betray her.