Crazy Rich Asians // Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians is certainly not a book I would typically read (in fact, I never would have picked it up had I not loved the movie so darn much) but it was so much fun!  Kwan demonstrates a heavy focus on dialogue, so I absolutely flew through it.  Like a guilty-pleasure romcom, the plot […]

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Gingerbread // Helen Oyeyemi

The hype is REAL for Gingerbread.  I will admit I was initially drawn to it because of its gorgeous cover, which I’d seen lurking around my Instagram feed for several weeks.  Like most Riverhead publications, I was lured in with gorgeous design work, and then pleasantly surprised by the literature inside.  Wonderfully told and vividly […]

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Outline // Rachel Cusk

Outline took a hot minute to get into, but once I was in, I was hooked.  Unfortunately, I felt like I finally started to “get” it just in time for it to end, around the halfway point.  The second chunk went down much easier than the first; Outline is one of those novels where you […]

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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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