Bring yourself a drink and I will bring cookies.
Honeyman pulls us into the mind of one of the most compelling narrators of the year, a hyper-organized, particular person who lives by the same specific schedule every day—even her social interactions are boiled down to a science. When she falls in love with a local musician, a past trauma that left mysterious scars across her face begins manifesting as we realize the always-in-control Eleanor is not, actually, completely fine. Honeyman’s dive into mental health creates a moving, compelling tale sure to leave an Oliphant-sized mark on readers' own lives. —Megan Lasher