What Else We've Been Reading
If you like your fiction weird, wonderful and full of humanity then this may be your perfect summer read. The weird part is that it’s about 10-year-old twins who spontaneously combust when they become agitated. The wonderful part is that it is darkly funny, a joy to read and completely unputdownable. And the humanity, well that comes in the form of an enduring story of misfits finding their way. A most unusual story of deep parental love and the unlikely ways we create family. For anyone who loved Wilson's The Family Fang or for readers who are simply down for a wacky, warm-hearted story.
This incredibly well researched and compelling book describes the reasons why women of colour suffer from today's Western culture and its legacy of white supremacy. It can be a confronting read at times but it's an enormously important one. If you identify as a feminist, you need to read this book. If you don't identify as a feminist, you also need to read this book. Everyone should read this book! Enlightening and essential reading.
We didn't read this book when it published because we ignorantly assumed it was some kind of subpar copycat of Sally Rooney's Normal People. Bad move on our part as this book is excellent! Set against the backdrop of Barack Obama’s historic election victory, Ordinary People is an intimate study of two couples who are struggling to define themselves and their relationships as they move into the middle stages of life. Looking specifically at identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragile architecture of love in the domestic setting, this is such a smart and satsifying read. Recommended for anyone who loved Fleishman is in Trouble or Zadie Smith's On Beauty.