Ten of the Best in 2019

In no particular order:

Gingerbread by Helen Oyayemi. A dazzling mix of folklore, pop culture, allusions, absurdism and wit. It is Hansel & Gretel, and then some. My Review.

The Ice House by Tim Clare. A rip-roaring speculative adventure with the female hero I wanted to read before she was ever written. My review.

Bitter Orange by Clare Fuller. Luscious, seductive, intense. My review.

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne – Maurice Swift is the protagonist you’ll love to hate. Satire on the publishing industry. My review.

Paradise Rot by Jenny Hval (transl. Marjam Idriss) – Oozes with an atmosphere as claustrophobic and moist as a Wardian case. My review.

The Red Word by Sarah Henstra. A provocative and intelligent campus novel tackling gender politics, consent and myth. My review.

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich – Heartrending mystery of a little girl’s murder. My review.

The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán (transl. Sophie Hughes). A road trip, Chilean-style, in search of a coffin. My review.

The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage. Western Noir. A cross between East of Eden, In Cold Blood and Brokeback Mountain. My review.

Thus Were Their Faces by Silvina Ocampo – short stories that bite. My review.

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