Welcome to The Writers’ Dozen Top 5 Reads Blog Hop.
You can see my Top 5 Recent Reads then click on the links below to see what my writing buddies have been reading.
1. Axiomatic – Maria Turmakin
This is a collection of five extended personal essays that together create an original form of creative non-fiction. The compelling topics include the impacts of teen suicide and the Holocaust. The writing is poetic and confronting. Take your time to linger over it.
Winner of the Melbourne Prize for Literature’s Best Writing Award, Short-listed for the Stella Prize, NSW and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.
Read a review by Readings Books here.
2. Less – Andrew Sean Greer
Arthur Less, a mid-list author, is turning fifty and his former partner has invited him to his wedding. He responds by accepting invitations to obscure places around the world. Like Eat, Pray, Love only hilarious.
After I finished this book, I missed Arthur Less as though he was my best friend who had suddenly moved away. I enjoyed spending time with Arthur as much as any recent character in fiction.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Catch the writer at the upcoming Sydney Writers Festival.
Read a review from the Guardian here.
3. Convenience Store Woman – Sayaka Murata
In this novel, Keiko, a social misfit, finds her niche as the perfect convenience store employee. I recently made many visits to convenience stores in Japan as my partner sought a daily fix of their tasty fried chicken. The book is poignant and funny and offers an entertaining insight into this Japanese sub-culture.
Read a review from the New Yorker here.
4. Bad Blood – John Carreyrou
You can’t make up this stuff. This true story, which traces the rise and fall of Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Elizabeth Holmes, is un-putdownable.
Read a review from the LA Review of Books here.
5. Forest Dark – Nicole Krauss
Krauss is a brilliant storyteller. There are two narrative threads following unrelated Americans of Jewish heritage who travel to Israel and have a series of strange encounters.
I enjoyed this book so much that I booked a ticket to Tel Aviv.
The subplot which suggests Kafka faked his death and went on to grow old as an avid gardener in suburban Israel is highly amusing.
Read a review from the Sydney Morning Herald here.
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