“Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman

The first thing I feel I should say about Eleanor Oliphant is that it’s completely different from what I expected. I went into it expecting either a) a literary fiction book about loneliness in the modern age or b) a Bridget Jones-style fake memoir of a lonely single woman. In short, I thought Eleanor Oliphant…

“Bestia da latte” di Gian Mario Villalta

Bestia da latte è un romanzo difficile da digerire, da quanto è amaro. È una storia familiare, certo, ma di una famiglia in cui lo spauracchio della misera passata fa sì che l’indifferenza, la solitudine e persino la violenza cieca siano all’ordine del giorno. Insomma, come dice Hermione Granger…

“Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit” by Jeanette Winterson

“Some folks say I’m a fool, but there’s more to this world than meets the eye.” I waited quietly. “There’s this world,” she banged the wall graphically, “and then there’s this world,” she thumped her chest. “If you want to make sense of either, you have to take notice of both.”

“The Adversary” by Emmanuel Carrère

Many critics likened this book to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, a book that in effect invented the genre of the so-called “non-fiction novel” in the USA. However, this book was written in anything but cold blood. It was the product of years of distraught and morbid fascination on the part of the author, Emmanuel…