Books that pair perfectly with a glass of Avaline
For International Womxn’s Month we spoke with Melissa Sonico, a Filipino American creative writing and composition professor and a short fiction writer, living in Southern California with her husband and two little ones.
To continue the celebration of International Womxn’s Month, we asked Melissa to list some of her favorite books…
“I’m recommending all books written by womxn, of varied races; most short fiction, some essay collections, and a couple novels. All written for anybody trying to figure it all out (but who probably never will, and that’s okay!). And all pair perfectly with a glass or two—or three—of wine.”
“Berriault is chronically under-read but I think, especially now, her stories would be so well-received. Her writing is both quiet and brutal and worthy of repeat reads.”
“Smartly crafted sentences, and there’s so much relatable here (even if you’re not a writer). It made me reminisce about being in the MFA broke and working retail and dating men I shouldn’t be dating.”
“The first book I read of Heti’s was Motherhood which blew me away, and this one is just as funny, risky, and resonates with me.”
“You can’t go wrong with anything by Zadie Smith, especially White Teeth, but Intimations is her latest book of quick essays touching on the pandemic experience, which I think is a nice sort of catharsis at the moment.”
“She’s so good at strange but effective language in her stories, making them both rooted in the physical and also internally conscious. These—like the Berriault stories—focus on womxn trying to, essentially, take care.”
Some additional recommendations from Melissa:
Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery OConnor
Like Life by Lorrie Moore
Meander Spiral Explode by Jane Alison
Severance by Ling Ma
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
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