Cry So Hard
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.
Translated from Japanese by Angus Turvill
In Lion Cross Point, celebrated Japanese author Masatsugu Ono turns his gentle pen to the mind of ten-year-old Takeru, who arrives at his family’s home village amid a scorching summer, carrying memories of unspeakable acts against his mother and brother. At once a subtle portrayal of a child’s sense of memory and community, an empowering exploration of how we find the words to encompass our trauma, and a spooky Japanese ghost story.
Translated from Catalan by Mara Faye Lethem
The once-bucolic Catalonian village of Vidreres has been ravaged by a harsh recession, and now two of its young men have died in a horrible car crash. As the town attends the funeral, a banker named Ernest heads to the tree where they died, trying to make sense of the tragedy.
Translated from Danish by Denise Newman
Beginning in the middle of crisis, then accelerating through plots that grow stranger by the page, Naja Marie Aidt’s stories have a feel all their own. Though they are built around the common questions of sex, love, desire, and gender relations, Aidt pushes them into her own desperate, frantic realm.