The author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas traces Ireland’s tumultuous post-war history through the eyes of Cyril Avery, a man unmoored and in search of where he came from, who spends far too much of his life trying to shake off feelings of shame, and illegitimacy. At 562 pages, would-be readers might shy away from the novel’s literal, and emotional heft, but as reviewer Al Woodworth assures: "Boyne has paced The Heart’s Invisible Furies perfectly, providing the reader one of the greatest gifts that fiction can deliver: hope."
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Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo
Stay with Me (and not sadistically!). Taking place in Nigeria, it’s the story of Yejide and Akin–a young married couple who are experiencing fertility issues. When the in-laws’ solution is a second wife, they conspire separately to save their relationship, with devastating consequences. I quickly gathered what my colleague meant–much of this novel is a series of unfortunate events. So much so, and sometimes to such cinematic extremes, that when Adebayo interjects humor into the narrative, it’s easily mistaken for something sinister (even when it involves breastfeeding a goat). But her gift is making these extremes make sense. After all, it’s some of our most intimate and profound struggles that can compel us to react in the craziest of ways—ways that just might destroy what was meant to be preserved. Adebayo is such a skilled storyteller that you will forgive Yejide and Akin some serious trespasses; you will weep for their once-happy union that buckles so spectacularly beneath the weight of cultural pressures–pressures that warp their sense of what constitutes a worthwhile life. The couple’s efforts to disentangle their true desires from the ones tradition and society have foisted upon them is what imbues
Stay with Me with unexpected power, and heart. You definitely gotta read it. –Erin Kodicek
Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams
Rabbit, impressive and memorable. –Seira Wilson
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