BIT­TER­SWEET ES­CAPE

TAKE A TRIP TO THE ’90S, into the mind of an ad­dict, and to a small fic­tional town try­ing to MAKE AMER­ICA GREAT AGAIN.

Esquire (Philippines) - - MAN AT HIS BEST -

1.

The Sev­enth Func­tion of Lan­guage By Lau­rent Binet An af­fec­tion­ate send-up of an Um­berto Eco–style in­tel­lec­tual thriller that dou­bles as an ex­em­plar of the genre, filled with sus­pense, elab­o­rate con­spir­a­cies, and ex­otic lo­cales.

2.

New Peo­ple By Danzy Senna If a woman sab­o­tages her own life but there’s no one around to hear her, does she make a sound? That’s the ques­tion un­der­ly­ing this taut novel about a cou­ple grap­pling with guilt, race, and de­sire in the late ’90s.

3.

The Lo­cals By Jonathan Dee The Pulitzer-prize fi­nal­ist’s lat­est work fo­cuses on a small town touched by the New Amer­i­can Val­ues: greed, para­noia, and spite. No won­der it’s been billed as the Hill­billy

El­egy of nov­els.

4.

Lights On, Rats Out By Cree LeFavour Ever sat in ther­apy won­der­ing what was go­ing on in the other chair (or what a third-de­gree burn felt like)? Look no fur­ther than this har­row­ing mem­oir of self-harm told through the prism of a psy­chi­a­trist’s notes.

5.

Mov­ing Kings By Joshua Co­hen This lively story of the fraught ties that bind an Amer­i­can, Repub­li­can Jew and his Is­raeli fam­ily makes an­other strong case for Co­hen’s ad­mis­sion into the ranks of the Great Amer­i­can Nov­el­ists.

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