• Noel Jacob

Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse by Anne Carson

Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson is the reinvention of the classical Greek tale of Herakles (Hercules) and Geryon (the red-winged dragon that Herakles killed as part of his 10th labour), but has been shifted to the contemporary setting of a teenage boy as he goes through various episodes of his life. The book is rendered as a novel in poetic verse, an autobiography by Geryon from the age of five as he documents his experiences, his loneliness, and heartbreak. Carson uses the original characteristics of the classical characters, part metaphorical and part literal.

The book carries a sweet and tender quality with its rich verses and inventive use of language. Anne Carson breathes life into each of her characters and strikes the perfect balance between being lyrical and telling a story. Autobiography of Red is a quick read and one that is well worth your time.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People is a book set in a fictional Irish town, Carricklea - dealing with love, sexuality, trauma, and class differences. Written by Sally Rooney and published in 2018, the narration switches b

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

“You’re a mother, Ma. You’re also a monster. But so am I –which is why I can't turn away from you.” On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

The Tell-Tale Heart is a short story written by the American Gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe. The tale is narrated by an unnamed narrator who tries to convince the reader of his sanity while simultaneou