Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Ten top books about new beginnings

Jaclyn Moriarty is the bestselling author of novels for young adults including Feeling Sorry for Celia, The Year of Secret Assignments, and the Colours of Madeleine trilogy. She has been the recipient of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, the Queensland Literary Award, and the Aurealis Award for Fantasy.

Her newest novel is Gravity Is the Thing.

At the Guardian, Moriarty tagged ten special books about new beginnings, including:
Self-Help by Lorrie Moore

Most of the stories in this collection explore new beginnings of different kinds: how to become “the other woman”, how to be the child of newly divorced parents. In the succinctly titled How, we learn how to start a doomed love affair: “Begin by meeting him in a class, in a bar, at a rummage sale.” Moore’s prose is poetic, sharp and devastatingly funny. Just when you think there’s nothing new to say about relationships, Moore cracks open a fresh layer and confounds you with her insight.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue