Silence – Shusaku Endo (Picador Classic, 2015)
translated from the Japanese by William Johnston
But Christ did not die for the good and beautiful. It is easy enough to die for the good and beautiful; the hard thing is to die for the miserable and corrupt – this is the realization that came home to me acutely at that time.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman (Viking, 2017)
The Collected Stories – Grace Paley (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007)
They walked east and south to neighbourhoods where our city, in fields of garbage and broken brick, stands, desolate, her windows burnt and blind. Here, Faith said, the people suffer and struggle, their children turn round and round in one place, growing first in beauty, then in rage.
(from “The Expensive Moment” by Grace Paley
Holding Still for as Long as Possible – Zoe Whittall (Anansi, 2009)
Spoonbenders – Daryl Gregory (Alfred A. Knopf, 2017)
Trust No One – Paul Cleave (Upstart Press, 2015)
Everything was Good-Bye – Gurjinder Basran (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2010)
Harmless Like You – Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (Sceptre, 2016)
The Red Pony – John Steinbeck (Penguin Classics, 2009)
Green Mansions – W.H. Hudson
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Sherman Alexie