The sequel to Love Lies Beneath was just as lusty, dramatic, and outrageous as its predecessor, and it concluded on a similarly disappointing note.
The Natashas is an enigmatic story about Béatrice (a singer), César (an actor), and the Natashas (ghosts?). It is about Béatrice (a woman assaulted and sexualized since girlhood), César (a gay man egged on into violence by hateful brothers), and the Natashas (abused, trafficked women who’ve left their bodies behind them).
Elif Shafak’s retelling of the union between spiritual leader Shams of Tabriz and Rumi, the famous Persian poet, is a captivating, entertaining take on a classic Islamic history. This story was eye-opening, mind-blowing, perspective-widening, and amazing.
How to Walk Away is a blooming, fluffy romance filled with damaged characters and one woman’s traumatic recovery. For fans of Me Before You, but with way less ugly crying.
Ten stories of womanhood are united by Kirstin Allio’s magnetic, elegant prose. If you read for writing style, let this book find its way into your heart.
Matthew’s life is full of reasons to be bitter and angry, but he is forced to learn forgiveness and rely a little more on good faith.
Two childhood friends passionately fall in love one summer night, before a fateful, youthful, life-ruining mistake (and a really terrible kid sister), wrench them across the battlefields of World War II. I’m not crying, you’re crying.
When a husband is sentenced for 12 years for a violent crime he didn’t commit, his marriage faces the immense walls of time and distance. An American Marriage is a hugely insightful portrait of love, loss, and loyalty.
Rajesh Parameswaran’s collection of short stories is a worldly bundle of contrast, darkness, and truth, and the stories are a shining example of fiction writing.
After a six-year gap between my first read and a reread, I have decided that this all-time favorite book is still an all-time favorite book of mine.