Patricia Lockwood’s No One Is Talking About This is a a genre-bending story of literary satire fiction that begs the question: Is there life after the internet?
A woman who has recently been considered prominent for social media posts travels around the world to meet her fans as she navigates “the portal”—a group of voices that dictate her thoughts. As existential threats begin to loom, the world wonders if the end is truly coming, or if this is just a new way of living. When her mother reaches out during an emergency, the woman seems to have to deal with two worlds as they both collide. If you’re looking for more literary satire like this one, here are some books you won’t want to miss!
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Arthur Less is a failed novelist who is about to turn fifty. Between the invite to his boyfriend’s marriage (who he was with for nine years) to someone else, and the plethora of literary events around the world, what other choice does Arthur have other than to accept all of them? In an adventure of self-discovery, Arthur will travel the world and deal with moments, like almost falling in love in Paris, almost dying in Berlin, and coming face to face with the last person he wants to see.
The Maid by Nita Prose
Twenty-five-year-old Molly Gray has been dealing with life all on her own since her gran died, and recently threw herself into her job as a hotel maid. Her role as a perfectionist and obsessive love of cleaning makes her the best fit for the job. When Molly finds a hotel guest dead, the police target her as the lead suspect, and she finds her life in disarray and danger as a group of unlikely friends join Molly in trying to find a killer before it’s too late.
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
Nella Rogers is a young editorial assistant who’s had enough of the microaggressions that come with being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. But all of that is about to change when Hazel begins working right next to Nella. Soon, a series of strange events turn Hazel into the office star and Nella begins to receive notes telling her to leave her job immediately. Nella doesn’t want to believe Hazel could be responsible for these notes, but soon finds that it’s more than just her job that is in danger.
Severance by Ling Ma
Candace Chen is a millennial drone in a Manhattan office tower who is looking to move on from the death of her Chinese immigrant parents. When a plague of biblical proportions hit New York, the entire city is affected. Shen Fever spreads, people flee the city, companies shut down, and the subways stop. Candace’s boss enlists her in a crew with a big payoff to continue working, and Candace photographs the city as an anonymous blogger. When a man named Bob and his band of survivors sweep through on their way to the Facility to start society over from scratch come through, Candace fears that Bob will expose a secret she’s been trying to hide.
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Elizabeth Zott is a chemist who works with an all-male team at Hastings Research Institute in the 1960s. While most of the men don’t believe in equality, it’s all about to change with Nobel-prize nominee Calvin Evans. Calvin has fallen in love with Elizabeth’s mind and the two find true chemistry. A few years later, Elizabeth finds herself as a single mother and the star of America’s favorite cooking show. As Elizabeth becomes more and more popular, people find that she’s not just teaching women how to cook, but to change current affairs.
Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
Tova Sullivan’s night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium has kept her busy since her husband died. Keeping busy helps Tova cope with loss; it has since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, disappeared thirty years ago. Now, Tova has just developed an unlikely friendship with Marcellus, a giant octopus who knows more than most people. Marcellus is looking to try anything and everything he can to show Tova the truth about what happened the night Erik disappeared after finally coming across the truth.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Alix Chamberlain has made a living off from showing women how to get what they want like she’s done all her life. After her babysitter, Emira Tucker, a young Black woman, is accused of kidnapping Alix’s child when visiting a supermarket, Alix vows to make things right. Elmira isn’t sure if she should 100% trust Alix, but then a video goes viral of Elmira’s incident. This is during a time she feels lost in life, and it causes someone from Alix’s past to reemerge. Now, both women will find themselves facing issues other than just the outcome of the kidnapping accusation.
Bunny by Mona Awad
Samantha feels like an outsider in her MFA program at Warren University. An introvert, Samantha prefers to be alone with her wandering imagination than the other students in the program, especially the Bunnies; a group of girls who each call each other “Bunny” and are very similar to one another. When Samantha receives an invite to the “Smut Salon” from the Bunnies, curiosity get the best of her and she finds herself completely enthralled in their world, especially when they start to conjure up monstrous creations that blur the line between what’s real and what isn’t.
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