An American Marriage // Tayari Jones

With An American Marriage, Tayari Jones presents one of the most tragic, complex love triangles I’ve ever read.  We have Celestial, a thriving black artist in Atlanta, her husband Roy, wrongfully incarcerated for a crime he did not commit, and their neighbor Andre, Celestial’s childhood best friend who attended college with Roy.  Andre is the […]

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Normal People // Sally Rooney

It’s safe to say Sally Rooney is the author of the moment, and has been for a while now.  I was nervous to pick up Normal People, Rooney’s sophomore effort, after loving her debut Conversations with Friends so darn much.  I didn’t devour Normal People like I did Conversations; its time-jump structure begs for a […]

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Golden Child // Claire Adam

Golden Child is a powerful, tender, and very human story; it is one of the most emotionally-stirring novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.  A meditation on time and place, Golden Child follows a family in 1980s Trinidad: Clyde, Joy, and their twin sons, Peter and Paul.  When the unbelievable happens, a father must […]

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Marlena // Julie Buntin

Julie Buntin’s Marlena was a nice surprise, far different from what I was expecting.  Unlike the bright coral of its cover, Buntin’s debut is a rather dark story, a heartbreaking commentary on drug addiction and the opioid epidemic illustrated by two teenage girls: inexperienced fifteen year-old Cat and her partner-in-crime, the illustrious Marlena, Cat’s seventeen […]

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Eileen // Ottessa Moshfegh

After My Year of Rest and Relaxation became one of my favorite reads of 2018, I was eager to pick up Eileen, Moshfegh’s debut novel, one that earned her an immense amount of praise and a spot on the Booker shortlist.  Though in the end I would say I prefer My Year of Rest and […]

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