If you haven't read Danez Smith, now is the time. There is so much joy and sadness and beauty contained within these poems. It’s a celebration of blackness and queerness, an anthem of love and friendship through violence, death, and alienation, through memory and acts of love like a song on the radio with the windows down. This glorious, beautiful collection made me want to buy a copy for everyone I hold dear.
This literary thriller set in modern day India follows a poor young Muslim woman wrongly accused of a terrorist act. Through the lens of three characters Majumdar shows the depths of compassion and opportunism, which are often at odds for those living on the margins of society. This is an unsettlingly fascinating story you can finish in one sitting, a great read for anyone who loved My Sister is a Serial Killer.
This darkly original debut explores messy relationships and the angst and alienation of the outcast. Pizza Girl is a wildly inventive coming of age story filled with tenderness, darkness, and exceptional wit. An exploration in obsession and the things we hold onto when everything else is shifting, this book will tear your heart out, make you laugh and surprise you with its ending. I couldn’t help but devour this book in one sitting.
This is the best book I’ve read this year, hands down. His writing demands you re-examine the privilege you have, even as corporeal forces weigh upon you. A call to resist the nation-state, a refusal of colonial erasure, as much as it is a demand for freedom and joy and desire in the face of degradation. It’s an earth shattering poetic memoir with resistance and radical joy at its core. Read this book. It's absolutely stunning.
Shalini is a sheltered and naïve young woman who loses her mother during a time of immense vulnerability. The only way she can cope with this loss is by setting out on a journey to find a lost figure from her childhood whose last known whereabouts are in a remote Himalayan village in the politically turbulent Kashmir. This is a transformative journey for not only the characters but for the reader as well.
This is one of those books you read and wish you were as brilliant as the author. Cusk offers insights into relationships and families and slips them in as if they were a natural conversation piece, which in this novel, they are. This story about a recently divorced creative writing teacher teaching a class in Athens, Faye, who gets everyone to tell them her secrets, while never letting on too much about herself.
This book surprised me—at first glance it appeared to be a book like others before it. Within the first 3 chapters I knew how wrong I had been. The relationships she paints are some of the most honest and refreshing I have come across in a while. After her husband dies in a car accident the main character Eveleth “Evvie” Drake is left with feelings of grief and frustration but not for the reasons you would expect.
From the author of the Tattooist of Auschwitz. Taken at the age of sixteen the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in the beginning of WWII, Cilka survives only to be imprisoned once more by her Russian liberators. Cilka’s story has you captivated if only to ensure that she finds some in a life continually torn apart by war. You will be astounded by Cilka’s strength and resilience to the final page.
If you are looking for a thriller that well keep you guessing and hanging on the edge of you seat look no further. When Alicia Berenson is accused of murdering her husband, she falls completely silent without a word in her own defense. Written from the perspective of her psychotherapist Theo Faber, this novel uncovers much more than just the reason behind Alicia’s silence.