Pia Padukone

Pia Padukone’s debut novel, Where Earth Meets Water, is based on Karom, a man who searches for meaning in the wake of incomparable tragedies. But Karom’s journey touches three people in his life, three people who are uniquely linked to his destiny and prove indispensable to helping him along his way. This week, Pia offers her favorite stories about intertwined characters, reminding us that no man is an island.

A Visit from the Goon Squad
By Jennifer Egan

“There is so much to love about this book: the characters are all intriguing and real even when some of them are despicable, the storylines are rich and involved, and the creativity behind the different media and points of view wove this truly dynamic story through to the end, including a chapter written entirely in PowerPoint.”

The Imperfectionists
By Tom Rachman

“Rachman’s novel follows the lives of editors, reporters, and publishers in Rome as the international English-language newspaper for which they all work is poised to go under. Every chapter is lovingly intimate, while remaining steadfastly true to each character’s unique voice.”

Please Look After Mom
By Shin Kyung-Sook

“Heartbreaking and harrowing, but the testimonials from each of the family members after a mother goes missing will force you to reexamine every emotion you’ve ever had about your own family. After reading the last page of this book, I called my mother immediately.” 


Let the Great World Spin
By Colum McCann

“In 1974, Philippe Petit awed the world when he walked on a thin wire connecting the two towers of the World Trade Center. McCann uses this occurrence to bind together a group of unrelated people, spinning a powerful story about the harshness and drudgery of life, and the bravery and strength that can be found deep within the nameless, faceless characters we encounter on busy city streets each day.”