Rating: 3/3. You know those books where, upon finishing, you calmly clutch them to your chest as your thoughts continue to sift through them? That was my experience of The Illness Lesson, Clare Beams’ debut novel in feminist fiction.
Now and then, a publication comes along that actually makes reality shift. It opens our eyes to truths we’re either oblivious of or avoiding.
Rating: 2/3. Some books exist to entertain, others to transport, enlighten and shock you into pushing for change. Deepa Anappara’s debut novel is one of the latter.
Rating: 1/3. This story deserves close attention to its details, the layers of reality making up a quiet 20th-century American countrytown.