#contemporary fiction
pesto-patrol · 4 months ago
writeblrs + indie authors please interact!
i have no idea how to start making friends here (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
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marscia · a month ago
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My current read + books from two (three?) months ago I have yet to read (oops)
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belle-keys · 6 months ago
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now why would I pay $38 for the Mentally Ill White Girl experience when 2014 Tumblr was literally free
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isabellex666 · 16 days ago
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haileygonzales · 3 months ago
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UK sale! £0.99 May 6-12th!
Take Me to Your Nerdy Leader is a coming of age novel about friends, fandom, anime, finding your confidence, and art.
My main character Paige is alloaro!
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rockislandadultreads · 3 months ago
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AAPI Literature: Fiction Picks
The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki
After the tragic death of his beloved musician father, fourteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house--a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. Although Benny doesn't understand what these things are saying, he can sense their emotional tone; some are pleasant, a gentle hum or coo, but others are snide, angry and full of pain. When his mother, Annabelle, develops a hoarding problem, the voices grow more clamorous. At first, Benny tries to ignore them, but soon the voices follow him outside the house, onto the street and at school, driving him at last to seek refuge in the silence of a large public library, where objects are well-behaved and know to speak in whispers. There, Benny discovers a strange new world, where "things happen." He falls in love with a mesmerizing street artist with a smug pet ferret, who uses the library as her performance space. He meets a homeless philosopher-poet, who encourages him to ask important questions and find his own voice amongst the many. And he meets his very own Book--a talking thing--who narrates Benny's life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter.
Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho
Best friends since second grade, Fiona Lin and Jane Shen explore the lonely freeways and seedy bars of Los Angeles together through their teenage years, surviving unfulfilling romantic encounters, and carrying with them the scars of their families' tumultuous pasts. Fiona was always destined to leave, her effortless beauty burnished by fierce ambition--qualities that Jane admired and feared in equal measure. When Fiona moves to New York and cares for a sick friend through a breakup with an opportunistic boyfriend, Jane remains in California and grieves her estranged father's sudden death, in the process alienating an overzealous girlfriend. Strained by distance and unintended betrayals, the women float in and out of each other's lives, their friendship both a beacon of home and a reminder of all they've lost. In stories told in alternating voices, Jean Chen Ho's debut collection peels back the layers of female friendship--the intensity, resentment, and boundless love--to probe the beating hearts of young women coming to terms with themselves, and each other, in light of the insecurities and shame that holds them back. Spanning countries and selves, Fiona and Jane is an intimate portrait of a friendship, a deep dive into the universal perplexities of being young and alive, and a bracingly honest account of two Asian women who dare to stake a claim on joy in a changing, contemporary America.
Joan Is Okay by Weike Wang
Joan is a thirtysomething ICU doctor at a busy New York City hospital. The daughter of Chinese parents who came to the United States to secure the American dream for their children, Joan is intensely devoted to her work, happily solitary, successful. She does look up sometimes and wonder where her true roots lie: at the hospital, where her white coat makes her feel needed, or with her family, who try to shape her life by their own cultural and social expectations. Once Joan and her brother, Fang, were established in their careers, her parents moved back to China, hoping to spend the rest of their lives in their homeland. But when Joan’s father suddenly dies and her mother returns to America to reconnect with her children, a series of events sends Joan spiraling out of her comfort zone just as her hospital, her city, and the world are forced to reckon with a health crisis more devastating than anyone could have imagined. Deceptively spare yet quietly powerful, laced with sharp humor, Joan Is Okay touches on matters that feel deeply resonant: being Chinese-American right now; working in medicine at a high-stakes time; finding one’s voice within a dominant culture; being a woman in a male-dominated workplace; and staying independent within a tight-knit family. But above all, it’s a portrait of one remarkable woman so surprising that you can’t get her out of your head.
At Least You Have Your Health by Madi Sinha
Dr. Maya Rao is a gynecologist trying to balance a busy life. With three young children, a career, and a happy marriage, she should be grateful--on paper, she has it all. But after a disastrous encounter with a patient, Maya is forced to walk away from the city hospital where she's spent her entire career. A new opportunity arises when Maya enrolls her daughter at an exclusive private school and crosses paths with Amelia DeGilles. Amelia is the owner and entrepreneur behind Eunoia Women's Health, a concierge wellness clinic that specializes in house calls for its clientele of wealthy women for whom no vitamin infusion or healing crystal is too expensive. All Eunoia needs is a gynecologist to join its ranks. Amid visits to her clients' homes to educate and empower, and occasionally to remove crystals from bodily orifices, Maya comes to idolize the beautiful, successful Amelia. But Amelia's life isn't as perfect as it seems, and when Amelia's teenaged daughter is struck with a mysterious ailment, Maya must race to uncover the reason before it's too late. In the process, she risks losing what's most important to her and bringing to light a secret of her own that she's been desperately trying to keep hidden.
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thebeautifulbook · 3 months ago
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AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman (Folio Society, 2017). Illustrated by Dave McKean.
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article: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/the-new-collectors-edition-of-neil-gaimans-american-gods-is?utm_term=.nh1RaR2X
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tomesofthetrade · 4 months ago
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"Perhaps all humans are lonely. At least potentially."
- Klara and the Sun
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jodidion · 10 months ago
What if the meaning of life on earth is not eternal progress toward some unspecified goal – the engineering and production of more and more powerful technologies, the development of more and more complex and abstruse cultural forms? What if these things just rise and recede naturally, like tides, while the meaning of life remains the same always – just to live and be with other people?
Sally Rooney, Beautiful World Where Are You
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heywriters · 5 months ago
I’m planning on writing contemporary romance and NA and it feels like nearly every book in those genres is set in the USA; It feels like there aren’t many books set in other countries. I don’t know if I am capable of accurately portraying what it is like to grow up in the USA, but I’m willing to put in the research. I’m just not sure if setting it in another country would make me stand out or turn off readers
Set it in another country, your country, wherever you want! The USA publishing industry likes to set certain standards, but they are not the rule. New Adult has no reason to be specific to the US, and I know a lot of readers would be thrilled to have a New Adult Romance not set in the US.
There's a problem with Western publishing where the people in charge decide if it's set in another country and/or the main character is not a white American, then it gets labeled the wrong genre. My first thought is the award-winning book Americanah about a pair of young Nigerians whose love is tested by a political world that nearly drives them apart. Parts of it take place in other countries like the US and England, but the whole point of the story is that there's no place like home with the person who loves and understands you. Sometimes I see treated like it is only about politics and race, but the theme is love.
Please, "write what you know." There are other international books in this genre, I promise. American books may overwhelm the market, but the readers who want your story are waiting patiently for something fresh!
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sapphicbookoftheday · 2 months ago
The Stars and the Blackness Between Them
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Today's sapphic book of the day is The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus!
Summary: "Trinidad. Sixteen-year-old Audre is despondent, having just found out she’s going to be sent to live in America with her father because her strictly religious mother caught her with her secret girlfriend, the pastor’s daughter. Audre’s grandmother Queenie (a former dancer who drives a white convertible Cadillac and who has a few secrets of her own) tries to reassure her granddaughter that she won’t lose her roots, not even in some place called Minneapolis. “America have dey spirits too, believe me,” she tells Audre.
Minneapolis. Sixteen-year-old Mabel is lying on her bed, staring at the ceiling and trying to figure out why she feels the way she feels–about her ex Terrell, about her girl Jada and that moment they had in the woods, and about the vague feeling of illness that’s plagued her all summer. Mabel’s reverie is cut short when her father announces that his best friend and his just-arrived-from-Trinidad daughter are coming for dinner.
Mabel quickly falls hard for Audre and is determined to take care of her as she tries to navigate an American high school. But their romance takes a turn when test results reveal exactly why Mabel has been feeling low-key sick all summer and suddenly it’s Audre who is caring for Mabel as she faces a deeply uncertain future.
Junauda Petrus’s debut brilliantly captures the distinctly lush and lyrical voices of Mabel and Audre as they conjure a love that is stronger than hatred, prison, and death and as vast as the blackness between the stars."
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literarymessy · 9 months ago
And by now you can only look at me with pity - not with love or friendship but just pity, like I'm something half-dead lying on the roadside and the kindest thing would be to put me out of my misery.
—Sally Rooney, Beautiful World, Where Are You.
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writinginslowmotion · 2 months ago
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June, 1985. Wally’s Drive In. The eve of Emma Katherine’s seventeenth birthday. 
“Where do you think we should have the party?”
Audrey leaned in, took a big sip of her banana chocolate milkshake, and pursed her lips in consideration.
“The beach, but I don’t know if Emma would want that.”
“Oooh, what about the new skating rink?” Kimberly put in. She twirled a lock of chestnut hair around her long pointer finger. 
“Sure,” Audrey agreed. “Jamie, what do you think?”
It was a good question: what did Jamie think? Seeing as how she was the new girl in town, not a lot. Honestly, Jamie was just grateful that the other girls had accepted her so easily and quickly. Back in her hometown, well, suffice it to say that she hadn’t had many friends. No friends, if she was being honest with herself. And when she, her mom, and her little sister had moved here, Jamie had been nervous, but excited to start over, because her previous life had been a disaster. In this moment, squished between Audrey and Kimberly in the tiny booth at Wally’s Drive In, Jamie felt like she belonged.
She hoped the feeling never went away.
a moodboard + snippet from a short story i'm working on! it's about friendships, roller skating, 80s music and fashion, and is set in the 1980s! still trying to think of a good title.
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the---hermit · 2 months ago
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The Moustache by Emmanuel Carrère
I decided to read this book after I hearing about it online. It's not something I think I would have come across on my own. I then also realized that I could use this book for the contemporary prompt in the 2022 genre bingo, so this was my final read for that challenge!
The plot starts off with a very simple premise. Our protagonist decides to play a small prank on his wife by shaving off his moustache. He had them for ten years, and figures this will be a silly little prank. The problem is that after shaving them off, his wife, and the people around him claim he never had a moustache in the first place. And so starts this incredibly claustrphobic tale, in which our protagonist is left to wonder whether they are playing a prank on him, or whether he has gone insane. It was a hell of a ride. An absolutely unpredictable read to the very last page. It's such a short book but I have a feeling this story will be in my head for a very long time. If you want to read something that wil surprise you this is the book. I am left without many words, I honestly don't know how to describe this. The way this very innocent prank turns into a mental nightmare is incredibly well done, and you will end up spiriling with the main character. I feel like it could be a good book if you are in a reading slump because it's 150 pages, and it's so unpredictable it will keep you glued to the pages.
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marscia · 9 months ago
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a few days ago on Instagram, I wrote a short book review on Mieko Kawakami’s Heaven saying I didn’t like how melodramatic it got towards the end and that I only appreciate melodrama in literature when it’s Murakami or Hanya Yanagihara AND THEN Mieko herself saw my post via the hashtag, liked it, and even shared it to her story (honestly she is the sweetest human being ever and I feel bad). I had no idea she even goes through her hashtags. long story short I got a copy of her other book Breasts and Eggs because I’m trying to make it up to her.
I’m kidding of course I got a copy because I’ve actually been interested in reading it for months now. according to the reviews I’ve looked through it’s supposedly a “feminist novel” and I’m a sucker for anything feminism-related. looking forward to getting started on it soon!
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rockislandadultreads · 12 days ago
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Feel Good Fiction: a reading list
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a now-classic novel about two women: Evelyn, who’s in the sad slump of middle age, and gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode, who’s telling her life story. Her tale includes two more women—the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth—who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, offering good coffee, southern barbecue, and all kinds of love and laughter—even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present will never be quite the same again.
It's Not All Downhill from Here by Terry McMillan
After a sudden change of plans, a remarkable woman and her loyal group of friends try to figure out what she's going to do with the rest of her life. Loretha Curry's life is full. On the eve of her sixty-eighth birthday, she has a booming beauty supply empire, a gaggle of lifelong friends, and a husband who's still got moves that surprise. True, she's carrying a few more pounds than she should be, but she's not one of those women who thinks her best days are behind her, and she's determined to prove her mother, her twin sister, and everyone else with that outdated view of aging wrong—it's not all downhill from here. But when an unexpected loss turns her world upside down, Loretha will have to summon all her strength, resourcefulness, and determination to keep on thriving, pursue joy, heal old wounds, and chart new paths. With a little help from her friends, of course.
This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub
What if you could take a vacation to your past? On the eve of her 40th birthday, Alice's life isn't terrible. She likes her job, even if it isn't exactly the one she expected. She's happy with her apartment, her romantic status, her independence, and she adores her lifelong best friend. But her father is ailing, and it feels to her as if something is missing. When she wakes up the next morning she finds herself back in 1996, reliving her 16th birthday. But it isn't just her adolescent body that shocks her, or seeing her high school crush, it's her dad: the vital, charming, 40-something version of her father with whom she is reunited. Now armed with a new perspective on her own life and his, some past events take on new meaning. Is there anything that she would change if she could?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
"I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers." January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society's members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever. Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.
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sadbeautragic · 21 days ago
the bisexual urge to dress in a dark academia aesthetic folklore evermore punisher listener reading to the secret history at the same time that you want to be a colorful person with fun clothing listening to bubblegum kpop the whole day
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