Silence is My Mother Tongue, by Sulaiman Addonia

Staff Pick

In prose as precise as it is lyrical, Addonia tells the story of an exiled community that attempts to make a new home in a Sudanese refugee camp. At the foreground of this tale are siblings Saba and Hagos, whose identities seem interchangeable, with the mute Hagos being the “girl their mother had always wanted,” while Saba adopts more traditionally masculine traits. These blurred gender roles collide with social expectatons, but, as the siblings hold tight to each other against a background of oppression, abuse, and poverty, gradually transcend the conditions that threaten to suffocate them.


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ISBN: 9781644450338
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 8th, 2020

Objects of Desire, by Clare Sestanovich

Staff Pick

Sestanovich's richly observed stories give us both the quiet wonders of seemingly ordinary moments and the broader outlines of womanhood in modern life. Focusing on women's inner lives, and particularly on the characters' longings, Sestanovich sensitively portrays sexual desire, but also explores a less easily articulated longing for more, one often punctuated by a sense of ennui. Through a combination of nuanced and sophisticated prose and abrupt endings, Sestanovich has crafted short fictions with a lasting emotional effect, giving us the sense that we were merely eavesdropping on these women's lives.


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ISBN: 9780593318096
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Published: Knopf - June 29th, 2021

Patience & Esther, by Sw Searle

Staff Pick

Warm and intimate, Patience & Esther recounts--and celebrates--a story of unexpected love and tenderness between women during a time when such relationships were taboo. Romance blooms between Scottish country- mouse Patience and Indian-born ladies maid Esther at the Honeycutt Estate where they work. Together, the women dream about life beyond the confines of their stations and take care of each other through the various phases of their lives. The book also examines the social issues of the period, including race, class, gender, and colonialism. With vibrant illustrations, thoughtful dialogue, and an endearing cast of secondary characters, Patience & Esther is an absolute delight to read.

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ISBN: 9781945820700
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Published: Iron Circus Comics - January 26th, 2021