Kudos by Rachel Cusk
Beautifully written monologues philosophize, often opaquely, delighting critics, confounding readers.
Note: Reading reviews online, I noticed that everyone posits which unnamed country this takes place in and they all guess somewhere different.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith*
Vivid and fun. Colorful characters. Clever detective and eager assistant.
*J.K. Rowling writing under pseudonym.
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan.
Plot structure is confetti. Wah! So many people! Still fun.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer.
Sad commentary on feminism’s evolution. Op-ed/coming-of-age mash-up doesn’t work.
Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
Girl abandoned, abused, used, accused. Takes survival cues from nature.
Educated by Tara Westover.
Violent, dangerous, oppressive family couldn’t defeat advocates determined to help.
Note: After reading, take a closer look at the cover design by Patrik Svensson. It’s genius.
My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper.
Very funny. Quirks, gaffes and determination, exaggerated because that’s funnier.