A chilling novel set in a near-dystopian world, Louise Erdrich’s newest work, Future Home of the Living God, is a huge departure for the acclaimed author. Typically, the National Book Award-winner delivers beautifully interwoven stories set on Native American reservations, brimming with familiar characters. This time, echoing society’s current fascination with all things futuristic (think Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale), Erdrich casts her eye on sci-fi and the themes of parenthood and female oppression. At
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Six years ago, Pulitzer-Prize winning writer, Jennifer Egan, wowed readers with A Visit From the Goon Squad, a radical novel brimming with inventiveness. Egan’s new work, Manhattan Beach, is equally as shocking, albeit, in a stunningly different—yet rewarding, way. A traditional, historical novel, Manhattan Beach's surprise lies in its beautiful simplicity. Set mainly in Brooklyn during World War II, the sweeping page-turner focuses on Anna Kerrigan, a young woman who works at the local Naval Yard.
Twenty years ago, Arundhati Roy gifted us with her celebrated debut novel, The God of Small Things. Thankfully, her highly anticipated follow-up, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, confirms that many of the best things in life are worth the wait. In fact, this richly complex story, set on the Indian subcontinent, reminds us precisely why Roy won the Booker Prize: She’s an exquisite storyteller who writes beautifully poetic prose. She also has a unique
Have you ever wondered whether you are the only woman in a complicated relationship? If so, HOURGLASS, an intimate memoir from best-selling writer, Dani Shapiro, will assuage your concerns. A refreshingly unguarded portrait of Shapiro’s own 18-year marriage, HOURGLASS is intensely personal yet wildly relatable. Shapiro meets M. at a cocktail party in New York City and falls deeply in love. After the pair exchange “I do’s” and move to rural Connecticut, however, time
If you couldn’t put down Paula Hawkins’ uber-blockbuster, Girl on the Train, you're in luck: The author has just released her latest novel, Into the Water and it's another page turner. Sticking to the genre she navigates so deftly, Hawkins sets this psychological thriller in Beckford, a small, gloomy, English town. Over the past 300 years, a horrifying number of women have mysteriously died in a local river spot called the “Drowning Pool.” When the bodies
It was only a matter of time before someone wrote a witty, entertaining satire about the tech world and Buzzfeed writer, Doree Shafrir, has done just that. Startup, a breezy, behind-the-scenes novel set in Silicon Alley, explores the challenge of finding true friendship and love in our increasingly isolating digital world. Drawing on droves of material she collected in the tech trenches, Shafrir introduces us to a group of ambitious entrepreneurs who happen to work