Jo Walton, 2012
Russell Hoban, 1982
This book was recommended to me during my 30 second conversation with Margaret Atwood when she was visiting Syracuse University.
Octavia E. Butler, 1998
Octavia E. Butler, 1993
Cormac McCarthy, 2006
This book became so much more meaningful after I had kids and realized how well it captures a parent’s love—more specifically a father’s love—for their child and the limits of that love. I’ve read it 4 times and counting and the language, plotting, and the father’s love still move me. The essay I’ve always wanted to write but haven’t: comparing this book (about a father’s attempt to keep his son safe in incredible circumstances) to Emma Donoghue’s The Room (about a mother’s attempt to keep her son safe in incredible circumstances)
Marlen Haushofer, 1963
Before this book was re-issued (hooray!) and a movie was made of it, I wrote a little essay for The New England Review Digital about why I love it.
Neil Gaiman, 2013
Margaret Atwood, 2010
by Margaret Atwood. Though I enjoyed Oryx and Crake, and read MaddAddam in a frenzy to find out what happens, the middle book of this trilogy is really perfect and the most necessary one. The world that Atwood has created clicks into focus and Toby (which Atwood follows with a close third person narration) is one of my favorite characters ever: funny, strong, determined, struggling with belief, and real.