Lisa Gabriele, the author of one of fall’s most anticipated books, The Winters, shared with She Reads the books she has recently been loving. This unique reading list captures the essence of Gabriele’s reading preferences and shows us she isn’t only a talented writer, but also a book lover with great taste.
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Couldn’t love Less more. Funny, heartbreaking, antic and profound. I have pressed this book in so many hands, all grateful.
Foe by Iain Reid
A mind-meld of a book that’s part dystopian thriller, part eerie love story. The couple at the center of this book grapples with the big and small questions of what keeps people together and what tears them apart. Plus space travel. Nobody writes like Reid.
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison
An account of Jamison’s descent into alcoholism and recovery, interwoven with biographies of the best writers in modern literature, who all wrestled with drinking and writing. I’m working on a novel about recovery, memory and revenge, so it’s both research and a pleasure.
A Separation by Katie Kitamura
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, was initially described as a “novel of romantic suspense,” a descriptor that also suits this book. A woman heads to Greece at the behest of her mother-in-law to find out what happened to an estranged ex. What happens is a meditation on grief, anger and sexual jealousy. I loved it.
Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey
Just started this gorgeous, propulsive book about the remnants of a cult living at the edge of the world, and a teenager at the center who yearns for her mysterious, renegade mother. A thrill ride set to an ’80s soundtrack. Totally my jam.