What Red Was by Rosie Price was such a pleasant surprise. Crown Publishing pitched this book to me and, although the premise sounded interesting, I didn’t really know what to expect, especially because it focused on a difficult topic. But Rosie Price reminded me a bit of Sally Rooney and we all know how I feel about Rooney!
The Travelers by Regina Porter centers around the lives of two families that includes a New York attorney, an African American woman, a married sailor on an air craft carrier in Vietnam, an interracial and academic scholar couple, a lesbian starting life over again in 1970s’ Berlin, a black moving man stranded during a Thanksgiving storm in Portsmouth and two half-brothers who meet for the first time in their adulthood.
Goddamnit Sally Rooney! You did it again! As you probably know by now, Conversations with Friends, Rooney’s debut novel, is one of my favorite books of all time. Crown Publishing sent me an advance copy of Normal People a few months ago and I was saving it. I knew that after Normal People I wouldn’t have another Rooney novel to read any time soon. Now that I’ve read it, I have to wait for a new release (although I will read her short stories in the meantime) but that’s okay. Because now I know for sure that Sally Rooney is one of my favorite female contemporary voices.
She Wants It by Jill Soloway is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read! Jill Soloway is the creator of Transparent, the award-winning Amazon TV series, that revolves around a Los Angeles family and their lives following the discovery that the person they knew as their father Mort is a trans woman.
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2018, longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018 and the winner of the 2017 Sunday Times/Peters Fraser Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award. And, let me just say Conversations with Friends is perhaps the best debut I've ever read in my life. It's brilliant and I can't wait to read Normal People which has been longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize and guess what? I am not surprised!