Young Jane Young, by Gabrielle Zevin

Young Jane Young, by Gabrielle Zevin

Thank you, Gabrielle Zevin, for writing this astute novel about the relationships between women after young political intern in South Florida has an affair with her boss. The echoes of the Monica Lewinsky-Bill Clinton scandal are undeniable. Zevin reinvents the sadly...
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce

While I was reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, I realized how much I enjoy journey narratives, where a character sets off on a trip to find something they lost or gain something new (happiness, courage, love, humanity, etc.). Harold Fry has no intentions...
Less, by Andrew Sean Greer

Less, by Andrew Sean Greer

The moment I finished this book I wanted to start again from page one. Less, by Andrew Sean Greer, is the kind of story you could find something new in each reading, so nuanced are the narrator’s observations. Poor Arthur Less. Things are just falling apart. He...
Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue

Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue

Behold the Dreamers opens unlike most novels. (A good reason why “rules” are made to be broken.) Everything in Jende’s world is good, make that great. He immigrated to the US from Cameroon with the help of his cousin, found a small but decent...
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give opens at a party where we meet sixteen-year-old Starr Carter. Not long after leaving the party she sees one of her closest friends get shot and killed by a police officer. Starr tries to come to terms with her grief as she fights for justice —...

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