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5 Reads for Your Next Beach Vacation

With the summer heat soaring, we’re heading beachwards and what’s better than to have a good book to burn with that beach body. If you’re packing up swiftly and need some pointers, we are happy to lend beach read suggestions we think every Indian fashionista should dig into.

Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam

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If you’re on a weekend beach getaway with your girlfriends, this novel chillingly compliments. Sarah and Lauren are teenage best friends who grow up to live very different lives. Sarah lives in a spacious house, inherits wealthy friends while Lauren chooses the quieter path, living in a small apartment as a book publisher. Yet the two women understand each other like no other. Alam draws a realistic portrait of the travails of friendship without caricaturing the subject.

The Girls by Emma Cline

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Set in the 1970s, in the midst of flower power and the rise of subcultures in America, The Girls is a story about Evie who gets mysteriously drawn into the world of two girls and their cult group on a ranch in the wilderness. Her middle class upbringing and life turns upside down as she gets drawn further into this eerie and unknown world seeking acceptance. The boho girl will take to this book like sand and sea.

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel

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Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty is a humorous and sensitive story of a couple and their three children whose lives change on their beach side vacation. Edgar and Fern learn that their ancestral income is no more. Thrown off by this news, they embark (in confusion) on their own roller coaster journey — leaving the kids to take care of themselves. A witty and poignant story of the American middle class.

We Could be Beautiful by Swan Huntley

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The story of a young woman whose search for family takes her through a deceptive relationship, We Could be Beautiful, is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of what it means to love in an upper class facade . Catherine West’s search for this one thing leads to more questions than answers. Huntley’s book takes a witty look at social deception.

The Private Life of Mrs Sharma by Ratika Kapur

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Mrs Sharma works hard as a receptionist hoping to eke out enough to make the big Indian dream come true — the malls and the branded stores. When one day she meets and gets talking with a stranger, Mrs Sharma’s private life is suddenly caught in a whirlwind of traditional versus modern. A lovely book to catch up on the changing face India, in the seclusion of a beachside!

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