Described by the New York Times as “a love letter to old-fashioned department stores,” and by author Hillary Mantel as “the book I most often give as a gift to cheer people up,” The Women in Black (2020) by Madeleine St. John explores the lives of five women who work in the Ladies’ Frocks department of a fictional high-end retail establishment, F.G. Goode, during the 1950s.
All the Living and the Dead (2022) by Hayley Campbell was entertaining and informative yet hard to read sometimes because of the dark subject matter, because what is more dark than death? (Huge trigger warning for discussion of deceased children).
Motherthing is author Ainslie Hogarth's third novel, and it's about a married couple's descent into darkness after the main character's husband loses his mother. A great suggestion for people who love dark humor, unreliable narrators, and disturbing domestic horror. Deals with mental illness, family relationships, dysfunctional families, and death.
V.E. Schwab has written numerous novels for teens and younger folk, many of them best-sellers. But it is her latest novel, her first intended for adult readers, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, that has firmly established her as a writer to be watched.
I'm new to actually enjoying nonfiction, but author Tori Telfer made it easy in Confident Women. I often get a crime bug in me, and I was looking for something longer and more substantial than an internet article, but I didn't want to feel like I was doing required reading on a subject that truly interests me.