Gayle's Autumn Picks 2019
It's the time of year for big books by big names (new Ben Lerner! more Philip Pullman! essays from Lydia Davis!) but also not to be missed: Bloomsbury local Celia Paul's exquisite memoir, told through close readings of her own paintings–of herself, her mother, her sisters, and her lover, Lucian Freud; Andrea Long Chu's Females, a short, sharp, provocative–and very funny–investigation into gender and desire that takes as its thesis the idea that ‘everyone is female, and everyone hates it’; and Lake Like a Mirror, the first collection translated into English from Malaysian short story writer Ho Sok Fong.