3 Books to Dig Into During the Cold Months
Cristina is a bookworm, feminist, film junkie and foodie who likes to write about all of the above.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
From the writer of We Should All Be Feminists, Americanah tells the story of Ifemelu, a Nigerian immigrant in the United States who explores questions of identity, race, womanhood and black hair through her own blog. In the novel Adichie combines modern technologies with old questions about identity, as Ifemelu negotiates her place in Nigerian and the American societies, and in her relationship with her old lover Obinze. Adichie is one of the contemporary authors who can pen authentic black women, straying away from cliches and stereotypical representations of blackness and womanhood. An eye-opening book, particularly for those who want to see strong female characters of different races and backgrounds.
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The book caused a bit of an uproar at the time of its release in India, where Arundhati Roy had to answer charges of obscenity for the sexual nature of some of the scenes. The book doesn’t just defy India’s puritanical attitude towards sex, but also its society in terms of class, colonisation, caste and misogyny. With a female protagonist who breaks every tie that binds her (and pays the price), the book will take you on a whimsical journey through India of the 1970s and 90s, and will leave you both in awe and heartbroken. It is a story of extreme beauty and tragedy and a rare piece of writing.
Roy has also recently released her second book in 20 years, called The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Fun Home is a graphic memoir that traces Bechdel’s acceptance of her own sexuality as she has to deal with the loss of her father and the discovery that he himself was a closeted queer man. Bechdel explores themes likes family, love and relationships through a series of magnificently executed illustrations and poignant dialogue. It is a book that will make you uncomfortable, make you question certain things, make you smile and it will most definitely make you cry. All in all, a quick and powerful read that will keep you engaged and entertained on those cold evenings.