Staff Picks - Audrey
The author's own experience of going blind inspired this novel and its sensuous, fleshy prose. In contrast to your typical tales of illness, Seeing Red reads like horror novel, exploring how human weakness can lead to emotional manipulation and toxic relationships, with an ending that made me gasp out loud.
Two middle-aged French schoolteachers who mostly keep to themselves are suddenly and violently ostracized by everyone in their small French village. NDiaye problematizes our conceptions of what it means to be good and what untold responsibilities lie in human existence.
I read this straight through one lazy afternoon and I regret nothing, only perhaps that I allowed it to end so soon. Gripping, eerie, and psychologically complex while remaining utterly entertaining.
Elizabeth Holmes is the girlboss supervillian we deserve. An insane story about the delusions of Silicon Valley idealism that reads more like true crime than "business reporting."
Davila was a highly acclaimed writer in Mexico in the 20th century and was translated into English for the first time only 2 YEARS AGO.
A hot girl book that's actually great. A bizarre, dreamlike novel about identity, beauty, and consumerism, that ends up being something like Single White Female meets a Kelly Link story.
A hilarious and well-paced literary mystery. Tokarczuk's Janina recalls a somehow more eccentric Miss Marple, if Miss Marple were also an animal rights activist/poetry translator living in rural Poland.
I don't like many memoirs, but I loved this one. NDiaye explores her journey from childhood to womanhood through a gothic lens, with eerie depictions of her own parents and paranormal-like encounters with women in green.
A gorgeous portrait of a complicated and toxic female friendship from childhood until middle age.
Just an FYI: this is nothing like the Netflix show. A brilliant, laugh out loud character study of that girl in a group of friends whom no one likes, all wrapped up in a fun ghost story.