And the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Goes to…

glorious…Lisa McInerney for her debut novel Glorious Heresies*Glorious Heresies is a darkly comic novel about an accidental murder and its effects on four misfits.  The Telegraph raves, “The Glorious Heresies is a spectacular debut by Lisa McInerney. Tough and tender, gothic and lyrical, it is a head-spinning, stomach-churning state-of-the-nation novel about a nation falling apart.”  We’ve got the title on order in our catalogue, so you can place your hold now.  We’ve also got some suggestions for what you should read while you wait.

greenroadIf you like Irish fiction…

I’d recommend three Irish heavyweights:  Anne Enright, Edna O’Brien and Belinda McKeon.  Enright’s latest novel, The Green Road*, was also shortlisted for the Baileys this year (and was the favourite to win).  It is a moving tale about an aging mother whose children have all left the west of Ireland for greener pastures, and her decision to sell the family home.

nestIf you want to read an entertaining debut novel…

Why not read Cynthia d’Aprix’s The NestThe Plumb siblings are a mess: emotionally and financially.  They are counting on ‘the nest’ – an inheritance from their father –  to put things right.  When coked up Leo Plumb gets in a car accident, his mother bails him out using the funds from the nest.  Can the others get their lives together?

psychoIf you’re in the mood for dark comedy…

American Psycho is one of the best.  Patrick Bateman is a success on Wall Street by day and a heartless killer by night.  He has a keen eye for detail, which he brings to both brand names and torture.  A seriously dark commentary on the excesses of 1980s New York City.  It was also recently a popular off-Broadway musical. Because, why not?

marvelsIf you want a book about misfits…

I’d go for Leslie Parry’s The Church of MarvelsIt’s the tale of four misfits in 1890s New York, and the intersections between their lives.  Odile is determined to find her missing sister Belle; Sylvan is a privy cleaner who finds a baby and is determined to find the child’s mother; and Alphie finds herself imprisoned in a lunatic asylum with a woman who does not speak.

Happy Reading, and congratulations to Lisa McInerney!

-Patricia

*Thank you as always to NetGalley and Edelweiss for ARCs of these titles.

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