This wonderful novel spans generations and combines the power of 12 startling voices to share the experiences of British women of color. Mainly set in London we hear the story of a proud black lesbian playwright, her sassy super-feminist daughter and a sexually fluid millennial, just to name a couple.
The New Wilderness – The New Wilderness wasn’t quite I was expecting. I thought it would be a hard-edged survival, woven with Station Eleven-style dystopia, but it is in fact a rather calm story, with a steady pace. Yes, it is about survival and yes, it is a dystopia, but not the sort that makes you reel in shock or puts you on the edge of your seat.
As a self-confessed Japanophile it seems only fitting that me first ‘Top 5’ list is 5 of my favourite books that are translated from Japanese. I always find Japanese books have such a distinct style, often with a wonderfully calming tone and the distinctions of Japanese culture shining through.
Burnt Sugar – The story investigates the dysfunctional relationship between a mother, Tara, and daughter, Antara, living in the Indian city of Pune after Tara’s memory starts to fail.
How Much of These Hills is Gold – C Pam Zhang’s exceptional debut, How Much of These Hills is Gold, has to be one of my favorite reads of the year so for.
Braised Pork – fter reading the onslaught of quotes and snippets which surrounded Braised Pork’s publication I was buzzing in anticipation of a dramatic crime/love story riddled with Chinese folklore. However, that is not what I got from this book.
Piranesi – Sixteen years after Susanna Clarke’s stunning and genius historical-fiction-meets-magic debut, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Clarke’s second novel, Piranesi, has finally arrived – and what a treat it is!