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Friday Book Debrief Vol 20

Every week we’re sharing what our some of our writers are currently reading.

For all of our US readers, we now have our own Bookshop! You can find the full list of the below books here and with every purchase you will be helping local independent bookstores! If you do not live in the US please support your local independent stores, lots are now doing local deliveries and they need your help more then ever in these uncertain times. - ❤️

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo - Mel

Finally picked up this gem of a YA novel. The main character Emoni is so sweet and contemplative caring for her two-year-old while working through her senior year of high school and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the book will take her!

Buy it here.

Oligarchy by Scarlett Thomas - Jessica

A readable YA boarding school tale that explores eating disorders, Instagram, and authority through a literary, well-crafted lens. This book is breaking my heart as it keeps me turning the pages at speed.

Buy it here.

We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson - Maggie

My first novel by Shirley! I read her short story The Lottery in college and binged and jumped and cried to her The Haunting Of Hill House adaptation on Netflix. I found this book at a thrift store and knew I had to have it. I’m halfway done and on the edge of my seat!

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Heart's Wings and Other Stories by Gabriel Josipovici - Akilah

I wanted to get out of the uncomfortably familiar, (sometimes) more or (often) less realist Caribbean narrative space for ground more distant, alien, with an author who could not be less interested in conventional character and narrative constructions. Hail, Gabriel Josipovici. In this collection's first story the main character is following a guide on a windy path to a house and is inside the house talking with the host about shifting windows as they drink champagne and (trying) to leave the house but alas is on his way to the house. Don't ask me what it means but I dig it.

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The Overstory by Richard Powers - Alice-Rae

I'm about a quarter of the way through The Overstory, and am finding it is the perfect book to lose myself in during these times. The writing by Powers is so lyrical and evocative, I feel as though I'm there and I've escaped this weird world we're in right now!

Buy it here.

Remedies by Kate Ledger - Melissa

I've never read anything by Kate Ledger before, but this premise really interested me. I'm a sucker for a family drama with a heavy focus on grief. Simon and Emily Bear are slogging through life, still scarred from the loss of their infant son over a decade ago. Add in a teenage daughter with problems of her own, and this story is sure to be layered.

If, Then by Kate Hope Day - Nikki

I got this as an ARC over a year ago and decided to crack it open the other day knowing nothing about the story. AND IT'S AMAZING. We’ve got alternate realities, trippy visions, and atmospheric Oregon scenery. Into it.

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A Constant Hum by Alice Bishop - Cat

Alice Bishop's short story collection has received buckets of praise from Australian readers and seemed like a perfect read for me in #aussieapril. This beautifully written book focuses on life in the aftermath of a catastrophic bushfire, reminding me of the many fire-affected communities whose lives had already been changed forever such a short time before the pandemic. Delicate and lush, emotional and thought-provoking, these stories feel very real to my own experiences and observations of life in bushfire-prone regions of Australia.

The Sin Eater by Megan Campisi - Courtney

An extraordinarily unique historical fantasy, with a bit of conspiracy. A classic story of a woman breaking the rules & going against society, something we all know and love. <3

Buy it here.

Cockfight by María Fernanda Ampuero - Marian

I have delved into the world of Ecuadorian literature with this collection of short stories. The stories allow you to peer into the lives of family life rife with incidents of poverty, abuse, trauma, and sexual abuse. To say that this is a delightful read is off base. Ampuero’s stories are astonishing feminist tales of young women and girls being bound by patriarchy manifested as sexual violence, trauma, and misogyny. I have read half the book and am completely wrecked by it.

Buy it here.

Real Life by Brandon Taylor - Jessica Maria

With a premise that sounds like a campus novel, this meditative portrait of a black graduate student at a midwestern university dives in so deep on the human condition. I'm mesmerized.

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what have you been reading this week?

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