Ordinary People by Diana Evans
Summary: This novel follows two couples who, from the outside, are happily living their lives. In a Victorian neighborhood in London, Melissa and Michael are drifting apart after the birth of their first child. They start building their own interior walls that make the salvaging of their marriage hard. On the outskirts of London, Damian, Stephanie, and their three children seem very content — until Damian’s dad passes away, throwing the family into a spiral of self-destruction.
Ordinary People is set in 2008 at the time of Barack Obama’s election. It questions how people connect to one another and with themselves. With so many interesting topics being touched on—including grief, lust, and parenthood—Diana Evans has created an intriguing analysis of black Londoners’ lives.
You’ll like this book if… you regularly find yourself looking for novels that deal with personal growth and obstacles and enjoy narratives that explore human relationships.