Books read last summer:
- The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis
- A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
- The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
- Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
- The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
- Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- Night at the Fiestas by Kirstin Valdez Quade
- a couple of other titles, but I can't remember what
There wasn't a dud in the bunch, but standouts included Citizen; A Manual for Cleaning Women; The Sympathizer and Barbarian Days.
I read Citizen twice... Rankine's prose-poems form a polemic on being Black in white America... poignant content in a compelling, unusual form.
Barbarian Days, New Yorker writer Finnegan's surf memoir was a quintessential summer read for me, as someone who loves the ocean, traveling and stellar writing.
And The Sympathizer was my favorite book of the year, about a Vietnamese double-agent at the end of the Vietnam War, who has to flee to the States--part spy thriller, part history, part great American immigrant novel, all beautifully written and constructed, and a page turner, to boot.