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Ducks, Newburyport

LATTICING one cherry pie after another, an Ohio housewife tries to bridge the gaps between reality and the torrent of meaningless info that is the United States of America. She worries about her children, her dead parents, African elephants, the bedroom rituals of “happy couples”, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and how to hatch an abandoned wood pigeon egg. Is there some trick to surviving survivalists? School shootings? Medical debts? Franks ’n’ beans?

A scorching indictment of America’s barbarity, past and present, and a lament for the way we are sleepwalking into environmental...
Recommended by Meena Kandasamy, Peter Florence, and 2 others.

Meena Kandasamy@samjordison She wrote a fabulous brilliant book that centered motherhood. The one line is not problematic becoz of what she says as an author. On the contrary I feel that it is the system that does this to mothers, prevents them from the public domain-and instils this preception among people (Source)

Peter FlorenceIt’s a fantastic comic riff that feels a lot like an updated, wisecracking version of James Joyce’s Molly Bloom. You get the sense of a whole life and a real imagination at work. And although it’s a thousand pages, you read it with energy and pace and verve. It’s just a great ride. Everybody I have given it to has loved it. (Source)

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Where the Wild Ladies Are

In this witty and exuberant collection of feminist retellings of traditional Japanese folktales, humans live side by side with spirits who provide a variety of useful services--from truth-telling to babysitting, from protecting castles to fighting crime.

A busybody aunt who disapproves of hair removal; a pair of door-to-door saleswomen hawking portable lanterns; a cheerful lover who visits every night to take a luxurious bath; a silent house-caller who babysits and cleans while a single mother is out working. Where the Wild Ladies Are is populated by these and many...
Recommended by Meena Kandasamy, and 1 others.

Meena KandasamyI'm coming to this late (batshit crazy week), but have to shout how wonderful, brilliant @matsudaoko's short stories are--and how they shine in @pollyfmbarton's singular translation. Please get the book. Reasons why I personally love it in the next tweet. (Source)

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My Sister, the Serial Killer


A short, darkly funny, hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends

"Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer."

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead.

Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning...
Recommended by Cal Flyn, Meena Kandasamy, and 2 others.

Cal FlynSet in Lagos, it follows hardworking nurse Korede as she attempts to cover up the crimes committed by her insatiable sister Ayoola, a beautiful sociopath with black widow tendencies. As well as a crime thriller, it’s a razor-sharp dissection of gender dynamics that never feels preachy or pretentious. (Source)

Meena KandasamyGo, go, go, get this book if you haven't already. It's the best thing (except if you discount having a serial-killer sister). Such a fun, fast-paced, brilliant read. (Source)

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No Friend but the Mountains

Writing from Manus Prison

“Our government jailed his body, but his soul remained that of a free man.” — From the Foreword by Man Booker Prize–winning author Richard Flanagan

In 2013, Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island, a refugee detention centre off the coast of Australia.

He has been there ever since.

This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi.

It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait of five years of...
Recommended by Julian Burnside, Meena Kandasamy, and 2 others.

Julian BurnsideGreat book Essential reading for all Australians who want to know how our gov't treats innocent people simply looking for a safe place to be: we put them in shocking danger and drive them mad. Probably not read by those devout Christians @ScottMorrisonMP and @Peter@PeterDutton_MP (Source)

Meena KandasamyExtremely thrilled with #BehrouzBoochani freedom, and now is a great occasion to recommend his book on being illegally detained in Manus Island 's horrific conditions. It's a book that was written one text message at a time on a secret mobile phone in prison (Source)

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