Friday Reads: FSG Stars

TGIF! Today’s #FridayReads picks are two Farrar, Straus & Giroux titles that have multiple starred reviews:

ONLY THE ANIMALS by Ceridwen Dovey
“Named an artist to watch by the Wall Street Journal for her debut novel, BLOOD KIN, Australian storyteller Dovey fulfills her promise with this standout collection of 12 interconnected stories, all told by animals whose souls, after a noteworthy death, are resting in heavenly constellations. Dovey’s unforgettable narrators provide social commentary while struggling to find some meaning in both the beauty and sadness of death.
An essential collection, enthusiastically recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review

Wonderfully weird and profoundly witty… As unsettling as they are beautiful, these quietly wise stories wedge themselves into your mind—and stay there.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE CRIME AND THE SILENCE: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne by Anna Bikont
“Polish journalist Bikont undertakes a thorough follow-up to Polish-American historian Jan Gross’s 2001 book NEIGHBORS, about the July 1941 pogrom in the rural eastern Polish town of Jedwabne. Bikont has performed an extraordinary journalistic feat in documenting this terrible, historically contested atrocity.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Bikont’s fearless research—she even confronted the brothers known to have led the Jedwabne murders—makes this a fantastic book. It was first published in Poland in 2004, and the European Book Prize it won in 2011 (for the French version) should be only the first of many awards for this significant work.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

And let’s not forget A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin and GIVE US THE BALLOT by Ari Berman, both of which just received their THIRD starred review!

Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend!

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