Broken Horses

Brandi Carlile’s memoir, Broken Horses, charts the singer-songwriter and producer’s upbringing in the impoverished outskirts of Seattle, as well as her experience being openly gay within a homophobic faith. As the book describes, these difficult moments shaped Carlile as well as her art, from her early days singing in local competitions to opening for Dave Matthews Band. Honest and insightful, the memoir is an unflinching look …

The Return of Faraz Ali

Aamina Ahmad pays exacting attention to her characters’ psychological nuances in her debut novel, The Return of Faraz Ali. The neo-noir novel tells the tale of a Faraz Ali who was taken from his birthplace in Lahore (Pakistan’s second largest city) as a child only to be sent back years later by his powerful politician father, now as a police officer tasked with covering up …

Sea of Tranquility

Emily St John Mandel’s sixth novel Sea of Tranquility playfully and indulgently bends time travel, metaphysics and grief. The science fiction novel juggles an ambitious amount: a young man in 1912 exiled to the Canadian forest, an author trapped in a pandemic-ravaged Earth, moon colonies, paranormal investigations, the 25th century and even references to Mandel’s previous works. Both meta and mind-bending, Sea of Tranquility examines the end of …