Curtis Sittenfeld's Recent Favourites

By Storytellers, Inc.

By Storytellers, Inc.

We're HUGE fans of Curtis Sittenfeld here - and proud to say that RODHAM was our best selling book of 2020 - so we're absolutely thrilled that Curtis has put this beautiful selection of her favourite recent novels together for us in this list. Enjoy! 

Curtis Sittenfeld is the best-selling author of Prep, The Man of my Dreams, American Wife, Sisterland, Eligible, Rodham, You Think It, I'll Say It and Help Yourself

Real Life

Brandon Taylor

£9.99 £9.29

Curtis says: A richly emotional and knowing chronicle of a long weekend in a university town and the social and romantic dynamics among science graduate students, told from the viewpoint of the protagonist Wallace.

Detransition, Baby

Torrey Peters

£14.99 £13.94

Curtis says: In this novel, a trans woman named Reese, a cis woman named Katrina, and a detransitioned (albeit not exactly by choice) man named Ames consider having a baby together. So smart and funny about gender, love, yearning, and shame.

The Idiot

ELIF BATUMAN

£8.99 £8.36

Curtis says: Another first novel, this one about a Harvard student named Selin who in 1995 strikes up an email correspondence with a classmate she barely knows. Batuman does an incredible job evoking being young, writerly, and intelligent but clueless.

A Lucky Man

JAMEL BRINKLEY

£8.99 £8.36

Curtis says: These short stories about boys and men, most of them Black and living in New York, are beautifully written and movingly insightful.

Girl at War

Sara Novic

£8.99 £8.36

Curtis says: Ana, a ten-year-old in Croatia in 1991, goes rapidly from leading a happy life with her family to facing the daily challenges, both mundane and devastating, of a civil war.

My Hollywood

Mona Simpson

£7.99 £7.43

Curtis says: Claire is a privileged white composer in L.A.; Lola is a Filipina nanny whom Claire hires. Alternating between their viewpoints, Simpson deftly grapples with motherhood, identity, and class.

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

Alexander Chee

£12.99 £12.08

Curtis says: These essays depict political activism, the writing life, and their intersection with uncommon honesty and insight.