Monica Recommends - Dispatch #12, Strange Books Edition
Y/N by Esther Yi
A literary fiction about one woman’s obsession with a K-pop idol and her subsequent journey of self-destruction. Chaotic and culturally relevant!
Sea Change by Gina Chung
A novel about a woman tossed overboard by heartbreak and loss, finding her way back to stable shores with the help of a giant Pacific octopus. Absurd and magical!
Sister, Maiden, Monster by Lucy A. Snyder
A science fiction/cosmic horror set in the aftermath of our planet’s disastrous transformation, in which three women must adapt to survive. Absolutely insane in the best way!
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
A short story collection with a wide and unsettling range, from zombies to weekly apocalyptic poker games. Will haunt you deeply long after you've finished the stories within.
The Salt Grows Heavy by Cassandra Khaw
A dark fairytale reimagining in novella form, a tale of killer mermaids, cruel plague doctors, and bloodthirsty towns. Horrible in the best way!
Chrysalis by Anna Metcalfe
A woman tries to evade the prison of society by controlling her body and mind in extreme ways. An evocative meditation on whether or not a woman can regain her autonomy within society, with a side-serving of body horror.