Next month will be all about Irish literature, as Reading Ireland is once again hosted by 746books and Raging Fluff. And once again, I have way more books to read than I could possibly fit into 31 days. Such is life. If I had the entire month to myself, with nothing else to do but read, here are the books I’d pick:
TransAtlantic, Colum McCann: Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviators set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War.
Miss Emily, Nuala O’Connor: This enchanting American debut novel reimagines the private life of Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most beloved poets, through her own voice and through the eyes of her family’s Irish maid.
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, Maggie O’Farrell: A gothic, intricate tale of family secrets, lost lives, and the freedom brought by truth, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox will haunt you long past its final page.
Mrs. Engels, Gavin McCrea: Very little is known about Lizzie Burns, the illiterate Irishwoman who was the longtime lover of Frederick Engels, co-author of The Communist Manifesto. In Gavin McCrea’s first novel, she is finally given a voice, one that won’t easily be forgotten.
Tender, Belinda McKeon: By turns exhilarating and devastating, Tender is a dazzling exploration of human relationships, of the lies we tell ourselves and the lies we are taught to tell.
Emma Brown, Clare Boylan: When Charlotte Brontë died in 1855, she left behind twenty pages of a novel that signaled her most compelling work since Jane Eyre. One hundred fifty years later, Clare Boylan has finished Brontë’s novel, sparking a sensational literary event.