What The Gallic Team Are Reading Right Now
According to recent reports, many of us are turning to books to cope during this strange and stressful time. Whether for escapism or education, reading offers us a unique way to seek solace when the world around us feels out of our control. With that in mind, we’re sharing some titles the Gallic Books team would recommend from their current reading pile.
The beautifully written adventures of a young girl from Minnesota in 1970s New York, a city she dreamed about since she was eight years old. Four decades on, the narrator unearths the journal she kept during her exhilarating, sometimes frightening year. She notes how her twenty-three year old self struggled to make her voice heard, and wonders whether things are all that different for women now.
Paul caught my eye from the moment I caught sight of that fantastic pink and yellow jacket, and held it right the way until I finished reading. The tale of Paul Polydoris and his many many (many) love affairs as he makes his way across the USA in the ‘90s, it’s a coming-of-age story with a twist – Paul is able to shape-shift between genders. The book itself shifts between laugh-out-loud funny and at times really quite sad. It’s one of the best things I’ve read in a long time.
A beautifully weird joy of a novella that throws all storytelling caution and convention to the wind with gleeful abandon. I could say more but you would be much better off just getting it read.
ISABELLE: Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is my very favourite author and, ahead of her new poetry collection Dearly coming out this autumn, I’m trying to fill the gaps I’ve left in her backlist. Atwood’s short stories don’t have that same engulfing richness as her novels, but each is a delicious, bittersweet mouthful. Savour sparingly or wolf them all down in a single gluttonous sitting.
Posted on April 24, 2020 by Isabelle Flynn in Staff Recommendations