My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

a bookclique pick by Jessica Flaxman Anyone who has ever had and tried to keep a best friend from early childhood knows that there are good days and bad. There’s the initial spark of attraction followed by days, decades and months of joyful connection and jealous retreat, of recalibration and reevaluation. Questions and longings nag both parties often at different times: Who calls the shots? Who is happier? … Continue reading My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

a bookclique pick by Lindsey Mead “You will develop a palate,” Sweetbitter begins, and the rest of the novel, structured into four parts which trace the seasons of a year, describes that process in visceral detail.  I never lived in New York.  I was never a waitress.  Nevertheless, I followed Tess’s first year of adult life with a combination of ardent fascination and deep, sometimes uncomfortable empathy. … Continue reading Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler