It’s spring! The days are longer and the weather is warmer and we’ve got a fresh new image for our Read With Us posts, thanks to Kym. We’re also ready to . . . announce our Spring 2022 selection . . .
You may recall that I absolutely adored Shuggie Bain, Stuart’s first novel and the winner of the 2020 Booker Prize and nominee for the National Book Award for Fiction. Well. I think it’s safe to say (even though I haven’t finished this one yet) that Stuart has . . . done it again. It feels like you’re reading about Shuggie’s neighbors and the themes are, for better or worse, much the same. It’s another coming-of-age story about a gay, working-class boy, living in 1980s Glasgow, and that comes with all of the heartbreak and abuse you might suspect. But when the writing is as gorgeous as Stuart’s, well, it’s worth the read, even when the story is hard.