The MIROnline team have chosen the books they are enjoying this month.
"The Illuminations deals with the fading life of Anne Quirk as her memory falters, and her grandson Luke, recently having served in Afghanistan and desperate to forget. O'Hagan superbly inhabits his characters, both men and women, and his writing is sensitive, funny and engaging." - Alison Hitchcock
"Díaz writes using the voice of a man you would despise in real life. That kind of men who would look at a girl's big bum and say dirty sentences ending in mami. However, he shows you what's likeable in that kind of men, how desperately human they are." - Paola Moretti
"I bought Breathe - Leila Segal's evocative, sensuous, poetic collection exploring the contradictions and struggles that life in Cuba represents for both locals and visitors - at January's MIRLive. The stories are empathetic, intimate and subtle; you'll respond at the level of breathing in the same way the characters do." - Sue Tyley