The Other Black Girl
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris: Harris draws on her own experience working at a publishing house in this genre-defying debut. Our protagonist Nella is anticipating solidarity when newcomer Hazel joins her office—finally Nella is not the only Black person there. Instead, a nightmarish sequence of events unfolds leaving Nella questioning Hazel’s true intentions. This is a chilling and deeply unsettling examination of being Black in white spaces.
Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor: I once heard the process of editing a book described as trimming away the tendon and sinew to get to the “muscle” of the story. Inspired by true events, Hurricane Season is a strong beating heart concerning the townspeople of a remote village in Mexico. Melchor’s writing is intoxicating, taking you on a brutal journey and barely giving you time to breathe. On this book Ben Lerner has said ‘most recent fiction seems anemic by comparison’ and I wholeheartedly agree.