Set at a New York private Quaker school just after 9/11, this delightful tale alternates among the perspectives of Fay, Nell, and their occasional conjoined form, the F&N unit, a charming we/us/ours narrator. These overly attached high school seniors are endearing, annoying, and caught in something of a three-sided queer love rectangle that is just as confusing as it sounds. Over the course of the book, we watch the wax and wane of a passionate and naive friendship, fractured by mutual misunderstanding and self-discovery. Fay’s and Nell’s collective (and separate) coming of age is tremendously funny, acutely painful, very '00s and deeply New York. Highly recommend this one.
The first and, so far, only novel of Posthuma's to be translated from Dutch into English, this one will leave you wishing for another so you can spend more time in this talented author's mind. She tells her story through a series of vignettes in which the narrator chronicles her twin brother's mental illness and eventual death by suicide. While the book is every bit as devastating as it promises, its quiet absurdity is also surprisingly humorous, with details of subterranean balconies in foreign cities, decorative wooden vulvas, and sweater collections large enough to end relationships. North American readers will find touches of Elif Batuman and Miriam Toews, but Posthuma's voice is wholly her own.
If you like campus novels or fiction about Europeans hanging out in cafes and public libraries, this cozy narrative is sure to swallow you up. The story follows three Swedish university students, Hugo, Thora, and August, as they navigate their various economic disparities and overlapping intimacies. Despite its firm roots in the digital era, the book has a timeless and familiar quality that accentuates the seemingly innate burdens of the twenty-something condition. Sally Rooney and Donna Tartt lovers, look no further.