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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alexander Chee£12.99 £12.08
Curtis says: These essays depict political activism, the writing life, and their intersection with uncommon honesty and insight.