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The Best Books We Read in October

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Is there anything better than cozying up with a book and a blanket in the fall? We don’t think so. Here are a few of the best books the Fable team read this month.
Alex: “Blackouts” by Justin Torres
It came out just a few weeks ago, but it’s already one of the most celebrated books of the year and has been shortlisted for the National Book Award in Fiction. Just read a few pages and you’ll see why. It’s a surreal yet eminently readable work of fiction that explores the power of storytelling and authorship, especially the stories that history has long wanted to erase—namely, queer stories. I highly recommend for its lyrical voice and thoughtful use of medium and narrative to explore the importance of art and truth.
Jason: “Tremor” by Teju Cole
This book took me on a journey across time and space, exploring everything from classical music to Nigerian clubs to art museums. “Bach was not merely arranging notes,” says one character in this novel about one of our greatest composers. “He was conveying a living and intentional search.” Even though I’ve finished the book, that search has continued through playlists, photograph collections, and other essays.
Cameron: “Talking at Night” by Claire Daverley
This is a breathtaking love story that captured me from the dedication page. It follows Will and Rosie, two polar opposites in every way, and yet their connection is undeniable. From adolescence to adulthood, after tragedy and other relationships, the two are tethered together in the most heartbreaking way.
Hayley: “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Stetson
This book really stood out to me. It’s a haunting story that explores the oppression of women in marriage and the inequality and difficulty they experience in trying to make themselves heard when it comes to their mental health. I read it really quickly, but still find myself thinking about the ending frequently.
Sonia: “The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich” by Deya Muniz
It is a graphic novel that is nothing short of a cozy and dare I say, cheesy, love story! This book follows Lady Camembert as she disguises herself as a man in order to inherit her late father’s wealth. The plan was to maintain a low profile, but that gets a bit tricky with Princess Brie in the picture. I finished this in one sitting and couldn’t stop CHEESING…sorry.
Blackouts by Justin Torres digital book - Fable

Blackouts

By Justin Torres

From the bestselling author of We the Animals, Blackouts mines lost histories—personal and collective.

Tremor by Teju Cole digital book - Fable

Tremor

By Teju Cole

An “extraordinary, ambitious” (The Times UK) novel that masterfully explores what constitutes a meaningful life in a violent world—from the award-winning author of Open City.

Talking at Night by Claire Daverley digital book - Fable

Talking at Night

By Claire Daverley

Talking at Night tells a story of sudden connections, missed opportunities, the many loves we have over a lifetime--and the one that keeps us coming back, again and again, for more.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Stetson digital book - Fable

The Yellow Wallpaper

By Charlotte Perkins Stetson

The story of a young woman whose husband rents a summer home to help her recuperate after childbirth. However, the relaxing getaway dissolves into a haunting psychological battle that sees her confined to an attic, depressed and slowly losing her sanity.

The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Deya Muniz digital book - Fable

The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich

By Deya Muniz

A funny, heartfelt YA romance about finding love—and lots of grilled cheese sandwiches—in the place you least expect it, from rising talent Deya Muniz.

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