Set against the backdrop of the current political and climate crises, Beautiful World, Where Are You follows best friends Eileen and Alice as they navigate love, friendship and desire in their late twenties. Quintessentially Rooney! My favorite of the year!
This is a novel about the beautiful and disturbing ways that real life collides with the internet, and it's absolutely sublime. I was hooked from the very first page and was laughing and crying til the end.
Girlhood is an intimate, lyrical and vital exorcism of the structures, external gazes, and acts of harm that define our girlhoods and that we carry into adulthood. A devastating, exquisite book.
An urgent, hilarious, and deeply felt novel about female invisibility and rage, menopause, mortality and mother love, set in the wake of the 2016 election.
A wonderful and disturbing collection of essays about the increasingly blurry lines between the natural and the human-made. It normally takes me a while to get through nonfiction, but I couldn’t put this one down!
An ambitious novel with an incredible cast of characters, most living on the edges of society, set in London’s vibrant, rapidly gentrifying Soho district. I read this early in the year and I’m still thinking about it now!
Detransition, Baby is an intelligent, beautiful, emotional, and extremely funny novel with some of the most complex and fully realized characters I’ve ever read. I couldn't put it down.
Translated for the first time by two women, Letters to a Young Poet: A New Translation and Commentary was a lodestar for me this year. Sublime, timeless, and the perfect gift.
A delicious, glamorous novel about the particular pleasures of taking rich men for all they're worth and getting away with it! It’s timeless, cinematic, and perfect for anyone in their early twenties.
Casey is 31 years old, waiting tables as she tries to work on her novel, saddled with debt and heartbroken over her mother’s death and a bad breakup. It’s a witty, romantic and surprisingly hopeful novel that captivated me from beginning to end!