Maggie's Many Moods 2023
This suspenseful literary novel tracks an uneasy partnership between scrappy young idealists and a libertarian billionaire in modern-day New Zealand. Environmentalism, government conspiracies, and tech surveillance are the big themes in this twisty page-turner that will leave you stunned at its heartbreaking conclusion.
One of my favorite reads of 2023, a send-up of modern marriage, middle-aged malaise, youthful idealism, parental failings, social media echo chambers and the pop science wellness industry. Hilarious and real.
Reading this book is like carefully unwrapping a wonderful present. It's beautifully paced and delightful at every turn. It's about love, family, youth, and memory, and you're left holding a treasure you didn't know you needed, but you very much did. A jewel of a novel.
Kate Atkinson is the most clever and emotionally manipulating writer working today. Her unforgettable characters find their way into your hearts before wandering off to their shocking conclusions. It's pure brilliance, every time.
A philosophical mystery with loads of heart and plenty of food for thought. You'll be rooting for every member of the Parkson family as they frantically try to unravel what happened between a father who's gone missing and his autistic son who has a rare genetic condition that leaves him unable to communicate.
So readable, so cringing, so unbelievable, BUT also believable. Take a peek at the crazy world of publishing through the eyes of a loathsome writer.
Immersing yourself in Alex's world leaves you feeling dirty, off-kilter, and disturbed ... yet compelled to keep going. Just like Alex herself. Do you admire her? Do you hate her? You'll definitely have strong feelings at the end of this unforgettable book.
I LOVED this book. I read it in less than a day and then went back and re-read parts of it over again. I was SNL-obsessed as a kid and enjoyed the behind-the-scenes peek into what making a show like that is like. PLUS the romance, plus the adorable main characters AND the hilarious dialogue. I want Sally to be a real person and also my best friend.
Kelly Link is an unforgettable storyteller - her stories are entertainingly spooky, but they are also lovely and comforting. The modernized fables in this collection will blow your mind - highly recommended!
A completely immersive & twisty mystery that keeps you guessing, featuring a lovable crook of a narrator who you're rooting for the entire time. Great fun!