A melancholy Irish novel exploring the lives of three brothers amidst the legacy of emotional abuse and trauma.
A young woman overwhelmed by regrets encounters a magical library collecting all of her possible lives, stemming from different decisions she could have made in each. As she explores each alternate decision, she explores how her life could have gone differently - for better or for worse.
"Rebecca" meets "The Yellow Wallpaper" (in the best way) in this new spin on the classic gothic novel.
Simply put, required reading for 2020.
A short, powerful novel - just barely dystopian - that explores the negative effects of structural racism on black children, ranging from the Rodney King riots to modern mass incarceration.
Circe, a character briefly mentioned in "The Odyssey," is fully realized in Madeline Miller's retelling. Weakest and most despised of the gods, Circe's exile turns out to be her greatest boon, allowing her the independence to come into her own as a powerful witch. Despite her vulnerability, Circe is fearlessly defiant in the face of injustice, making her relevant to the current moment - a powerful woman hero when such icons are so badly needed.