Indiana started working for Avid as a bookseller in 2019. She is currently a comparative literature major/French minor at UGA, and her favorite genres are literary fiction, memoir, and poetry. Outside of Avid, Indiana loves going to concerts, watching food documentaries, and daydreaming about her next travel destination.
David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas is made up of six stories, each completely different in setting, style, and dialect, yet each interconnecting with the other in profoundly beautiful, intricate ways. We begin by reading the journal of a 19th century American traveling from the Chatham Islands to San Franciso, then make our way through four more stories to a post-apocalyptic society in Hawaii thousands of years in the future, then back again. Mitchell expertly handles the daunting task of writing six interconnected narratives; his prose is stunning and his characters supremely interesting. This book tackles questions of life, loss, love, ethics, and justice, and will without a doubt leave you with a changed perspective on our world.
One of the more well-known novels in history, Victor Hugo's Les Miserables is a long and difficult read but also hugely rewarding. The novel begins in 1815 and follows the lives of ex-convict Jean Valjean and the people who impact him through the June Rebellion of 1832 in Paris and up to the final days of Valjean's life. The eloquent way that Hugo describes his home country of France as well as subjects like love, death, war, society has impacted me in a different way than anything else I've ever read. This book will have you weeping, laughing, and pondering some of the most fundamental ideas of humanity. If you aren't intimidated by a long read, I highly, highly recommend it!
Engrossing, glittering, passionate, and fun, Rules of Civility tells the story of a young woman in 1930s New York City and the fascinating characters she meets as she tries to navigate the upper eschelons of society. This book will draw you in right off the bat and leave you wanting more of Towles' elegant yet witty storytelling. A delight!