With just 11 days left until 2023 (say it isn’t so!), here’s the first round-up post to finish the year – covers from books published in 2022 that would have me plucking them off the shelf in a bookshop in no time. We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but these are just *chef’s kiss*.
Recent book reviews
Illuminating stories of tragedy and tenderness: Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty ★★★★
The interconnected stories in Night of the Living Rez document in equal parts the bleakness and tenderness of life on the Penobscot Indian reservation in Maine, told through the eyes of our protagonist David. In a nonlinear structure, we meet David as a young boy, a teenager, and a middle-aged man, navigating a complex heritage…
A richly imagined, unforgettable debut: Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez ★★★★½
As Olga Dies Dreaming opens, Olga is preoccupied with high-end napkins. She is in the throes of planning a wedding for the New York elite – a job for which she has little enthusiasm, but from which has built a successful career. She’s turned forty and is sleeping with an odious construction mogul (who turns out…
Affecting stories of strength and struggle: Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia ★★★★
These heart-wrenching multi-generational stories are easy to get swept up in, but hard to read. Spanning cigar factories in pre-Independence war Cuba to migrant detention centres in Texas and suburban Floridian homes, these women of Cuban and Salvadoran descent have heavy, harrowing tales to tell.