Little Dog comes of age in this astonishing work, traversing the rocky terrain of masculinity, race, class, addiction and violence across an American backdrop. With beautifully written and brutally honest prose, this work carries the weight of one family's survival, identity, and history asking the question others are rarely brave enough to ask: How do we heal without forsaking who we are?
The Dutch House is a deeply moving family saga, set over the course of five decades, that explores the dynamic of splintered family who understands themselves and their past through their relationship with a childhood home. It is a story of love, inheritance, forgiveness (or lack thereof). It digs into important questions of identity: how do we want to see ourselves? How do we discover who we really are? And how do we understand our relationships with those closest to us?
I truly couldn't put this book down. It had me laughing and sighing and celebrating alongside it's richly written characters. It's a busy book: the main characters are a cadre of interconnected women who each get a chapter, and who introduce us to their friends, families, lovers, etc. It's also about life in London and multiple generations of women try to find their way in a quickly changing cityscape. The book is written in hybrid form—it sometimes feels like prose, sometimes poetry, and other times like song lyrics—that made me fly right through it and won Bernadine Evaristo the 2019 Man Book Prize.
Is Leopard a man who can turn into a cat or a cat that turns into man? Is “Tracker” a murderer, hunter, man, or child? Marlon James’ Black Leopard Red Wolf is a story of about two characters who reject the literal and figurative boxes others try to put them in. This NBA nominated book does that by taking the fantasy genre and diagrading your standard European tropes of Knights-and-Dragons. It proves that labels don’t matter, all that matters is being dope at being yourself.
Massive in scope, and yet startlingly intimate historical novel about the siege of Stalingrad.
Olive Kitteridge returns! In "Olive, Again" Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout offers a second, brilliant collection of linked stories that illuminate the inner lives of the indomitable Olive and her neighbors in the seaside town of Crosby. Maine. Filled with many insightful gems, and not a few laughs. - Eileen W.