July/August 2020 Reads
It’s a short, sweet list this time, friends:
My Darling From the Lions, Rachel Long – Delicious, brutal, beautiful poems. I always struggle to review poetry because my thoughts basically boil down to “don’t like this/don’t get this” or “really like this”. Anyway I really like this. One of my best of the year.
Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia – This book is mood: atmosphere, texture, colour, smell. It’s so vivid I feel like I lived in it. It’s more than just seeing the usual gothic tropes overlaid on a non-European setting; Mexico’s history and culture are vital to the narrative, and I didn’t realise until I read this how ideal Mexico is for a gothic story.
Darkly, Leila Taylor – Blackness, whiteness, and the gothic, all explored in a series of brief and perfect essays. I absolutely loved this book, and it’s one I’ll be returning to again and again.
The Silence of the Wilting Skin, Tlotlo Tsamaase – You need this beautifully-written Black queer ghost novella in your life.
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