Have you ever had a really extraordinary massage that sits right at that balance point between pleasure and pain? Or maybe you watched a devastating episode of The Handmaid’s Tale that hurt you in all the right places? If the “hurts so good” is your literary métier, we definitely recommend this set, which will take you apart in the best possible way. These books of unforgettable people working through intense traumas in inspiring ways are both a comfort for when you’re going through things and a ringing reminder to live your best life.
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Lion Cross Point by Masatsugu Ono, translated by Angus Turvill
“It’s a mournful, but ultimately uplifting portrait of a boy trying to make sense of his seemingly shattered world in order to create a stronger, more hopeful future.” — San Francisco Chronicle
“Lion Cross Point is a MASTERPIECE. Just finished it. It is too beautiful; hard to imagine that much depth of emotion is possible in 120 pages.”
― Sara Balabanlilar, Brazos Bookstore
“Lion Cross Point meets at the crossroad of hope and tragedy.” — Japan Times
The Boys by Toni Sala, translated by Mara Faye Lethem
“A novel at times deeply disturbing, at times laugh-out-loud funny and laden with very rich metaphors on nearly every page, The Boys made me feel emotions that left me a little drained by the end. There are certain images that haven’t left my mind since reading it.” — Daniel Stächelin in Medium
“Toni Sala’s short novel begins as a meditation on death, morphs into an interrogation of contemporary bankruptcies, and culminates in one the most profound and disturbing artistic visions ever written. This book stunned me in a way that I will recover from as a different person than I was when I picked it up.” — Elise Blackwell, author of Hunger and The Lower Quarter
“A compelling existential mystery, on one level a sort of Catalan answer to Russell Banks’ The Sweet Hereafter, with a closing as haunting as a tale by Poe. Altogether brilliant.” — Kirkus starred review
Baboon by Naja Marie Aidt, translated by Denise Newman
“These narratives are violent and ugly, but they brilliantly achieve that elusive goal that all exceptional fiction is known for: they make the reader feel something.” — Electric Literature
“In Aidt’s writing, we’re made to see the ugliness in love and the beauty in monsters. We’re called to empathize with those we would rather discard and deny. We’re called to openness and curiosity. Don’t look away, she seems to say. Don’t look away, this is important. This is where it gets good.” — Cleaver Magazine
“[Baboon’s] universe is the same as that of Ingmar Bergman films. A harsh bleakness of people speaking pointedly to each other in moments when there should be tenderness, where violence explodes, engendered by nothing.… [W]e see in these temper tantrums our worst selves.” — Bookslut
Sound like just the right amount of hurt?
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