This is a book about grief, love, marriage, and Shakespeare--beautifully combined and written, deeply affecting, and unforgettable. Maggie O'Farrell has taken liberties with what is what little known about Anne Hathaway Shakespeare and turned her into a remarkable and three-dimensional character worthy of a play by the Bard himself. I cried, I sighed, I paused in wonder.
An epic story of one woman's life from birth to death in 14-century Norway, this book is Middlemarch with more passion and drama. Kristin is headstrong and charming, and Undset's research into the time is impeccable. Don't be intimidated by the size; it's an addictive read that will be over far too soon.
This is a fictional account of the author's grandmother, who abandoned her child in order to pursue the life and art she loved so much. It's poetic and fragmented, built from the scraps of information provided by a private investigator. What does it mean to be a mother, she asks, and how does that change what it means to be an artist or a woman? This reckoning with the past and family should be read by anyone who has ever dreamed of being something more.
This book is a testament to familial love, a slow but riveting story of two siblings and their journey to find peace with the world. Dark but redemptive, it's a gorgeous read and easily Ann Patchett's finest novel to date. It's the book I'll be talking about all season to everyone who will listen and even those who won't--plan to buy copies for everyone you know.
It's been eight years since Tea Obreht's debut The Tiger's Wife was published, which means it's been eight long years of constantly checking to see when her next novel would be out. Luckily for all of us, Inland will be here August 13th, and it does not disappoint. It's a hard book to talk about without spoiling the sheer beauty of its construction, but know that it involves the American West, ghosts, exotic animals, and outlaws--not to mention what now feels like Obreht's signature addictive and lyrical prose. It's a stunner of a book that I haven't been able to stop talking about even though I finished it a month ago, and I suspect that won't change for a long time to come.