Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Breathtakingly beautiful. Both profoundly intimate and political. Minimal dialogue, dreamlike.
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Noble men battle. Learned women philosophize. Eco-system dazzles. War aplenty.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Insanely laugh-out-loud reflections on depression, taxidermy, mental illness and possums.
Without You, There is No Us by Suki Kim
Undercover in information-starved university where reality is dictated, freedom repressed.
Note: Try not to feel too superior while reading this. Consider Trump’s brand of fake news, habitual lying, stealing from the poor to give to the rich, and “alternative facts,” and realize that there is a very thin line separating Democracy from Dictatorship. It doesn’t take much more than an ego-maniacal, amoral leader, a gullible populace and truth-averse media to push a country over that particular brink.
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Dreamlike, romantic, melancholy. Less magical than historical. Passive, not powerful.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Placid, privileged teens come-of-age. Mother/daughter conflagrations bring the heat.