I absolutely loved The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, so I was thrilled to find out she was releasing a companion novel about Gauri, Maya’s little sister. While A Crown of Wishes is a companion to TSTQ, Chokshi’s signature style (I compare it to the imagery of the movie What Dreams May Come) is.
It’s no secret that I admire Roxane Gay for her ability to write (An Untamed State broke me, and Bad Feminist was at turns funny, raw, and made me be so reflective it hurt to think). Her new collection of short stories out today, Difficult Women, shares the story of women—women too strong for life, who keep secrets, who give too much of themselves or choose to keep enough of themselves sacred and untouchable. It tells the story of women as we are—not how other people wish we would be.
It’s not often that I read a book that’s able to surprise me—in a good way—and this book did it.