My Brilliant Friend // Elena Ferrante

I can finally say I’ve taken part in Ferrante Fever!  I gulped up My Brilliant Friend, the first of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels quartet, faster than water during the July heat wave.  Ferrante’s work is reminiscent of Jane Austen, with complex family drama, seriously complicated relationships, and too many characters to keep track of, but […]

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The Immortalists // Chloe Benjamin

Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists is one of my favorite kinds of books: smart but readable, thought-provoking but easy to follow.  It tells the story of the four Gold children–scholarly Varya, caretaker Daniel, mystical Klara, and baby Simon–after they visit a fortune teller in their youth who predicts the day they will die.  I absolutely whipped […]

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The Girls // Emma Cline

Emma Cline’s debut novel The Girls was the “it” book of summer 2016, and, yes, it did take me three years to finally pick it up.  Moody and dramatic, very much like the first season of True Detective, it follows fourteen year-old Evie Boyd’s coming-of-age as she is drawn into a dangerous, Manson-esque cult.  Told […]

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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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