Nothing like waiting until the last week of the year to put out best-of lists. Today I want to share five gems that I adored that didn’t get as much love and attention as they deserve. Hopefully, you got gift cards and pick up at least one of these remarkable novels.
Title links go to my full review
This debut novel from a Native American author hits hard. Calling for a Blanket Dance follows the life of one man as told by the friends and family who surround him. The beauty of and respect for a way of life runs deep.
Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta by James Hannaham
Publication date: August 30, 2022
From profound to profane Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta is the raucous story of one woman’s first 24 hours home from prison after being gone for over 20 years. Beneath the dark humor and Carlotta’s in-your-face attitude is a woman just trying to claim her space.
Ever wonder what Joan of Arc might really have been like? Joan is Katherine Chen’s outstanding portrayal of a young girl too tall and too strong in body and spirit to accept her lot in life. Fearsome and fabulous.
More women who didn’t give a damn, even if they were mythological. Elektra burrows into the lives of Agamemnon’s wife, Clytemnestra, and his daughter, Elektra as well as the ill-fated prize-of-war he brought back from Troy, Cassandra. Lots of vengeance and rage in this page turner.
John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a favorite of mine so I’m extremely happy that his latest novel, All the Broken Places, was so exceptional. Gretel lives with a haunting past and her part in it in this story of the choices we make and how they define us.
Did you have any gems you loved this year that didn’t get much attention? I’d love to hear about them!
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