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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White Teeth // Zadie Smith

I adored Smith’s latest novel, Swing Time (2016), when I read it back in January, though Zadie fans warned me it was her worst, that I should start with something well-loved like her debut, White Teeth.  Here I am, just a few short months later, having finished White Teeth: and I can honestly say I […]

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Dept. of Speculation // Jenny Offill

I read Dept. of Speculation in one sitting, absolutely unable to put down Offill’s sparkling spare prose.  If I hadn’t borrowed my copy from the library, I would have underlined basically the entire novel; Offill writes through a remarkably keen perspective.  Dept. of Speculation is the kind of novel you want to sit and clutch […]

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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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