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Reviews & Recommendations
Fruiting Bodies, Kathryn Harlan’s debut collection of short stories, re-illustrates the meaning of “coming of age.” With an entrancing combination of fantasy and reality, these stories pick apart the visceral feelings that come with change both in body and in life. This collection urges you to heal your relationship with hard to feel feelings in order to fully appreciate your present experience. Lean into the power of these stories and be open to growing and shifting with them.
If you love Greek myth but have always been infuriated by the lack of voice from women in their telling, you will love this series of short stories. Nina MacLaughlin captures the power and pain of the underrepresented in Greek Myth and gives voice to the other side of these famous stories. If you love Madeline Miller, you are in the right place!
Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See follows two people on opposite sides of the Second World War: One a young man with a knack for radio frequency growing up in Nazi Germany and one a blind young woman growing up in France with her father. Doerr’s short vignette-like chapters build to their colliding of worlds all while tackling the macro-framework of the complex nature of this historical tragedy.
Caitlin Starling’s The Death of Jane Lawrence begs you to question your perception of reality. In order to live the life that she dreamed could be hers, Jane dissects the line between her world and the horrifying world that rests beyond rational understanding. Starling’s characters are hauntingly human and stunningly complex, and this unsettling, gothic novel will leave you picking up the pieces of what you thought you knew to be true.
This whimsical classic will transport your imagination to the world where all things are knowingly mad. Follow your inner child through this story of ups and downs and enjoy getting lost along the way.
Home by Toni Morrison is a heart-wrenching and moving story about family and community. Love and Loss. Dependency and independence, and the reality of what it means to heal. You will fall in love with these characters and feel what they feel through Morrison’s visceral conveying of emotion and reflection. Such a beautiful book with some of the best quotes about self-realization. Definitely take a look!
This book gives a whole new meaning to the word “sanctuary.” This Victorian drama is full of twists and turns and just when you think you are caught up and settled, Hardy turns the page and tosses you into new territory. Tess is powerful through and through, and Hardy’s critique of Victorian society will keep you thinking about its space in the modern world.