The end of the year is upon us, which means that between the shopping, cooking, decorating, and parties, we're also hustling to get through that "to read" stack of books sitting tauntingly by our bedside. Yet even as we page through the backlog of delayed beach reads and best of the year that squeaked in under the wire, our minds are also turning toward the exciting new stories heading our way in the new year. Here, a selection of some of the lit we're adding to our 2018 list.
5. ‘The Female Persuasion’ by Meg Wolitzer
As she did in 2013’s The Interestings, Wolitzer highlights her ability to find the yearning that lives in all of us: to be seen, to be admired, to be whatever we imagine as the best version of ourselves. For college freshman Greer that means becoming someone like Faith Frank, an icon of the women’s movement who takes on Greer as a protégé. Once nestled under Faith’s wing, though, Greer is forced to reckon with what transforming into the kind of woman she wants to be actually means for the woman she actually is, the things she stands to gain, and the parts of herself she might have to sacrifice.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, £22, amazon.com on April 3.