Lots of top notch literary fiction this month. I read so many brilliant novels that I began to feel rather peculiar, straddled as I was between different fictional worlds, my heart racing away. I love the way a good book provokes a physical response from me.
If you are seeking the sensation of having the breath squeezed out of you, I’d highly recommend The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride and All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan. For a gentler but no less engrossing experience, and another Irish author, The Wonder by Emma Donoghue deals with faith, as does, among many other things, the spectacular Here I Am by Jonathan Safran-Foer.
Writers and their marital situations are a theme this month, Bright Precious Things by Jay McInerny, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett and the sublime Transit by Rachel Cusk all feature authors and publishers.
How does it feel to live in a country where you don’t feel appreciated? Identity, belonging and displacement are all explored in The Good Immigrant, an invigorating collection of essays edited by Nikesh Shukla. And, finally, I absolutely adored novelist Charlotte Mendelson’s Rhapsody in Green, a tale of her love for her tiny garden. Gardener or not, I’d suggest this as a beautiful, nourishing book to savour and keep.