These events all took place in our Essex store.
A crackling rom-com without the "rom." Dolly Alderton pulls back the curtain on happily-ever-after to expose... a drab guy who has no idea why his girlfriend left him. It's a romp nonetheless, a perfect winter pick-me-up, and then in an exquisite final twist, the ex-girlfriend gets the last word. Highly recommended for fans of Nora Ephron.
This is a sly and affecting story of race and love and worth in America--utterly real and beautifully written, and it's also... a murder plot gone wrong? The late Katherine Min was a genius, and this novel is the proof.
A strange, surprising, and semi-sweet story of a lonely young alien (maybe she is, maybe she isn't) who sends dispatches of life on Earth to her superiors via fax machine. A gem of a book that shocked me to tears three times as I read.
There's a magnificent haziness to Kevin Barry's work--his characters obscured as though through snow or steam or smoke--and his first novel set in America is no different. Two lovers find each other just when they shouldn't and skip town under cover of darkness, but danger's never far behind. This novel made me nervous, it made me laugh, it made me cry. I'd follow Kevin Barry anywhere, whether I could see the road ahead of me or not.
An electric narrative of love, race, and gender in the worlds of fine art and academia across decades. Anita De Monte is a narrator so vibrant that she continues telling her story even from beyond the grave. A read-in-one-sitting absolute page-turner!
Piglet is dark Laurie Colwin--rapturous descriptions of food giving way to chaos when Piglet's fiance confesses a heinous betrayal just days before their wedding. Alone with this knowledge, Piglet is not just angry, she is not just heartbroken--she is hungry. This is a taut debut about appetites and who gets to satisfy them, who is allowed to take up space and for what reasons. This novel may not make you want to get married, but it will make you want to feast.
A complicated and strikingly honest consideration of motherhood from the earliest days of pregnancy to parenting, Motherlike is a rich and satisfying read, whether you have children or not.
This gritty and gripping story--with its roots in the author's own family--brings violence near and then nearer to one family in upstate New York, considering questions of luck, loyalty, and love along the way. Wolf at the Table would be fascinating to pair with In Cold Blood or Furious Hours.
A tense and twisty contemporary thriller based on the story of Persephone and Demeter--in a chorus of Greek myths retold, this is one of my favorites.