Remarkable Reads Contemporary Fiction Bundle


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Contemporary fiction, when done well, illuminates the present in hard and hopeful ways. The books here are the best of the best this year in showing us who we are, who we could be and what is possible. 

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Our Remarkable Reads Contemporary Fiction Bundle includes:

  • Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
    Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi is a novel of faith, hope, family, addiction, identity, and love. Buyer Michelle says, “To read Yaa Gyasi is akin to the miraculous. Transcendent Kingdom is resplendent. It has all that we have come to know and expect from Gyasi – a story of complexity and poetry and power. It is a novel about family, motherhood, science, addiction and faith and what happens when we lose it all. But it is also a novel about legacy and how it shapes us and how we reshape it.” Founder Gayle says, “This novel is powerful and pushes you out of your comfort zone and questions your beliefs about addiction and the causes of depression and even asks you to look at how religion plays with science, or not.” Everyone should read this book and give it to someone to read.
  • The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
    The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante is a coming-of-age story about how we lie to ourselves, each other and the illusion of happiness. The novel centers on 13 year old Giovanna whose “lying life” begins when she overhears her beloved father calling her ugly – or does he? As the novel continues, you realize the unreliability of the narrator but also of the adults and it becomes clear everyone is hiding something. “Ferrante shows once again she’s the master of writing a certain kind of female experience – one of competition and strained desires,” buyer Michelle says. “If you loved the Neopolitan series, then The Lying Life of Adults doesn’t disappoint.” 
  • Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino
    Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino opens when the nameless Bride is visited by her dead grandmother in the form of a Bird, telling her to not marry and go “Find your brother.” “I was immediately perplexed and intrigued when I started reading this book. I couldn’t stop. It mixes the absurd with the poetic and more often than not it’s deeply funny. It’s a powerful meditation on womanhood, motherhood, forgiveness and grief and what it means to be a woman trapped by convention. This is a deceptively quiet novel. At one point in the novel, the Bird asks the Bride, ‘Would you recognize yourself if you met you on the street?’ This is a question that will haunt you throughout the reading of Parakeet. This is a book of revelations.”


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