Zofia W. Staff Picks
Enticed at first by the writing, then by the plot, and then by the joining of the two,this book crept up on me in the subtle and haunting way that Ottessa Moshfegh's style is uniquely wont to do.
Two magical plays, adapting and translating two vastly different iconic works in brilliant ways. This pairing of plays is just one example of the masterful versitility prevalent across ruhl's writings.
EERIE! Moshfegh is uniquely capable of laying a groundwork of unease with a level of subtlety that, oddly enough, increases the reader's discomfort with every page turn. If you want a chill read, maybe hold off on this one, but if you're looking to be kept up at night, this is your book!
An unintended one-sitting read. Form and content struggle against and support one another in wildly enticing ways in what is easily the best memoir I've read. Machado explores the far-too-close-to-unexplored with a fluidity and searing quality that is simply so special.
I haven't been able to stop thinking about this book -- both whilst reading and since finishing it. Serre's utterly beautiful is so quietly yet vigorously grasping -- a sparkling demonstration of storytelling that feels like a gift to read.
It comes as no surprise that this master of prose-- both fiction and non-fiction -- should be so adept at playwriting. While surprising it's not, Baldwin knocks you flat on your back with this play as with all of his writing.
God, just an all-time fave and go-to recommendation. The tragically accurate historical detail combined with the deeply engrained American obsession with celebrity and success makes this piece of fiction shockingly memorable. Asking "what happens after you achieve all you've ever wanted?", this emotional analysis of societal expectations meeting basic humanity is a page turner in the truest sense.