The MIROnline team have chosen the books they are enjoying this month.
“Selling fewer than 2000 copies on its ’65 release, Stoner was rediscovered almost entirely by word of mouth, and was Waterstone’s Book of the Year in 2013. An incredibly touching, beautifully written tale of the largely mediocre life of a college professor, this has been one of my absolute favourite reads of the last few years and I advise everybody to track it down.” – Kate Whiteside
“Just started reading 'Girl with Curious Hair' by David Foster Wallace. I get what the fuss is about. Sometimes difficult to get into but occasionally hilarious. 'Here and There' is my favourite so far. 'Her photograph tastes bitter to me' is a great first line.” – Kate Ellis
"These short stories first came to my notice through a 2014 review in the Guardian, though I didn't read the book itself until the end of last year. It definitely lives up to the claims Nicholas Lezard makes for it, and I'd also recommend Gass's Preface, about the writing process, not least for the intriguing echoes of Joseph Conrad in his description of how a story works." – Sue Tyley
"This is the type of book Joey from friends would hide in the freezer. Gripping and eerie, it left me with a wibbley feeling in my diaphragm. I read it rapidly, on one level so I could be rid of this terrifying, if cleverly crafted story of a spooky house and its ghastly inhabitants. The voices in Slade House are captivating, all real, complicated individuals driving a compelling narrative. A great read, far more than just a ghost story." – Miranda Roszkowski
“I loved In A Strange Room, the honesty and clarity of Damon Galgut’s storytelling kept me reading and I finished the book in a day (although I didn’t get much else done.) Three disastrous journeys give us an insight into Galgut’s character, his relationships and his sense of home.” - Melanie Jones