Talia's Character-driven Fiction (Holiday 2018)

My Year of Rest and Relaxation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525522119
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Published: Penguin Press - July 10th, 2018

Who HASN'T wanted to sleep for a year? This bizarre, hilarious novel tests that hypothetical, amounting to a brilliant meditation on privilege, happiness, and mental health.

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Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

In an effort to avoid his ex-boyfriend's wedding, semi-successful Arthur Less embarks on a global journey. Gorgeous writing and fascinating cultural backdrops make this novel feel delightfully escapist.

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Circe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

A beautiful narrative of empowerment and self-discovery centered around a certain villain from Greek mythology. An immortal goddess, Circe is in no rush to tell her story, so just sit back and let Madeline Miller's rhythmic prose wash over you.

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The Heart's Invisible Furies: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524760793
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Published: Hogarth - March 6th, 2018

Quite possibly the best novel I've read in years. This book is both laugh-out-loud funny and completely sobering, both breathtaking in scope and entirely grounded in one man's life. It's almost 600 pages long, but I read it in just a couple of days. This is an instant favorite, an instant classic. Read it.

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The Red Tent Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312195519
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Published: Picador - September 1st, 1998

I found this feminist retelling exceptionally biblio-therapeutic. Anita Diamant reanimates the familiar-yet-forgotten biblical character Dinah, creating a story that feels both timeless and fresh. Diamant's folkloric writing style is so soothing, so easy to fall into. And what better for a cold-weather read than a novel set in the Middle Eastern desert?