A raw and starkly honest memoir that deals with the question, can you have it all? Levy, a successful journalist for the New Yorker, a feminist in an open marriage and pregnant via artificial insemination by a friend and co-parent, believed you can. Until on a work trip to Mongolia, she loses everything. Written without self-pity, but with surprising candour and clarity this book throws up questions about how you give meaning to trauma and what happens when a planned life unravels. Essential.
Translated by Charlotte Collins.
Winner of the EU Prize for literature, and a bestseller in Germany, this semi-autobiographical novel follows the lives of three siblings after their parents die suddenly and they're sent to a boarding school when the youngest, the protagonist, is 11. It's a moving portrayal of the different ways each sibling chooses to live their life from that point onwards, the hard road to becoming adults, the relationships they form, the jobs they choose, their dynamics with each other. Their different lives are believable in the mistakes they make and the fact that they're each lonely in various separate ways. This book sweeps you up and it's hard to put down!
Published by Sceptre on 8th March 2018
Formed as a series of anecdotes, encounters and memories, which intersperse the author's time as a war reporter in Angola with snapshots from a suburban childhood and feelings about her return to 'normal' life after Angola, this book is fiercely honest and compelling. Pawson explores gender, race, identity, voyeurism and inequality and the book's fragmented structure unfolds like a real sequence of thought patterns making it an intimate and moving read. Strongly recommend.