KP's Books of the Year 2019

My first year in full time work has brought with it a bus commute. I have stared out of the window on the 29 as HS2 pulls down a familiar landscape, played spot the difference with Tottenham Court Road furniture stores and read some remarkable books. The books are listed below.

Convenience Store Woman

Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori and Ginny Tapley Takemori

From the publisher:

Meet Keiko. Keiko is 36 years old. She’s never had a boyfriend, and she’s been working in the same supermarket for eighteen years. Keiko’s family wishes she’d get ...

Heimat: A German Family Album

Nora Krug

From the publisher:

The German bestseller – a powerful and deeply affecting graphic memoir that explores identity, guilt and the meaning of home Winner of Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the ...

Bad Behavior

Mary Gaitskill

From the publisher:

Mary Gaitskill’s tales of desire and dislocation in 1980s New York caused a sensation with their frank, caustic portrayals of men and women’s inner lives. As her ...

The Half-God of Rainfall

Inua Ellams

From the publisher:

From the award-winning poet and playwright behind Barber Shop Chronicles, The Half-God of Rainfall is an epic story and a lyrical exploration of pride, power and female revenge.

The Man Who Saw Everything

Deborah Levy

Lidija Haas writes:

The world according to Deborah Levy is like an emotionally charged dream or joke. A man accepts soup from an elderly neighbour and retches, catlike, on a mouthful of grey ...

My Mother Laughs

Chantal Akerman, translated by Danielle Shreir, introduction by Eileen Myles, afterword by Frances Morgan

From the publisher:

And there were other girls who were odd ones too and that was how it was. We loved each other and that was that. I was 18 in May 1968 and it seemed as though my style was ...