Kim Lock is the author of novels Like I Can Love and Peace, Love and Khaki Socks.Her latest novel, The Three of Us, is published by Macmillan.
OF ASHES AND RIVERS THAT RUN TO THE SEA
In her poignant and absorbing memoir, Marie Munkara tells a story of discovery, identity and belonging. Her writing is forthright, funny and piercing – the kind of candid communication with a reader I could only long to emulate. I read the book in one sitting. It's one of those pieces of writing that stitches itself into you, and you know it will never leave. Nor would you want it to.
THE RED TENT
This was the first book I ever purchased on an e-reader, and after I finished I immediately bought a copy in paperback. Anita Diamant imagines the story of Dinah, a daughter of Jacob who rates only a mere, violent hint in the Book of Genesis. Fierce, evocative and powerfully sensual, this novel taught me the immense richness to be found in, and the necessity of, women's stories.
TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS
A book consisting entirely of letters to and from an agony aunt named Sugar, this took me by surprise. Cheryl Strayed delivers to her correspondents advice on life's tumult in a manner that sometimes startles in its bluntness, but also never condescends or panders, and never fails to firmly believe that each individual is perfectly equipped with the strength they need. Ruthlessly humane.
THE DANGEROUS BRIDE
Lee Kofman dedicates her memoir to all desirous people, which perfectly introduces the compassionate and generous nature of this engrossing tale about passion and desire. I found her writing so delicious – "Angela rolled her laughter like a joint" – and its insight and tenderness feel like it opens the soul. Kate Holden endorses the book with this: "I need Kofman to be my new best friend." I would be second in line.
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