What are your Rumblr editors reading this week? Well…
Molly: I am sitting on my bed with six novels spread before me. I am trying to decide what will be the fourth book I take on this 12 day trip. I would take more but my suitcase will not permit it. I am so afraid of running out of books, of being bookless, but I keep telling myself there will be bookstores where ever I go, in case of an emergency. The books already in my bag are Hilton Als’s White Girls, whose end I am speeding towards, Cormack McCarthy’s All The Pretty Horses (I have never read any McCarthy!), and Samuel Delany’s Aye, and Gomorrah: And Other Stories. As for my final pick, you will have to check in with me next week to find out.
Claire: I just finished Nevada by Imogen Binnie, and it’s the most exciting thing I’ve read in such a long time. It’s about a twenty eight year old trans woman in New York who is funny and brilliant and weird, whose life is sort of a mess, who is trying to figure it all out. It’s sharp and pitch perfect and also so full of sweetness and generosity — everyone gets a voice, everyone is strange, everyone’s trying as hard as they can. It’s the coming-of-age novel I’ve been dreaming about, the coming-of-age novel I want to give all my younger relatives, the coming of age novel that I’d travel back in time to bring to my younger self, if I could.
Lucy: I am in-between reads! But the last thing I read was Teddy Wayne’s Kapitoil, which I was surprised to feel as strongly about as I did, considering its subject (financial industry computer programming, only kind of) and its setting (pre-Y2K NYC, how’s that for acronyms?). It’s written from the standpoint of a rather confused and also very kind young computer programmer who has just moved from Qatar to New York and develops an ultra-lucrative, morally yucky program designed to predict oil futures by aggregating and analyzing news reports of Middle Eastern turmoil. The book is a cutting portrait of a really dense, bland, foolish (remember those crop tops?) era, but it also spares quite a bit of kindness and thought for its human actors.