VERY NICE by Marcy Dermansky (Bloomsbury, $34.99)
Cancel all your weekend plans, this addictive read is already getting Sally Rooney comparisons. The “literary soap opera” follows Rachel Klein, a college student who seduces her professor, Zahid. Things get complicated when he moves in with Rachel and begins an affair with her mum. What a juicy, wild mess.
WOMEN, MEN & THE WHOLE DAMN THING by David Leser (Allen & Unwin, $29.99)
This might be the most refreshing opening sentence of any book ever written, “I am a straight, white, middle-class male, who has breathed the untroubled air of privilege all my life.” Get amongst the “water-cooler book” of the #MeToo era. A must-read for all.
THE BRAID by Laetitia Colombani (Pan Macmillan, $24.99)
Meet Smita, Giulia and Sarah: three different women from three different continents living three completely different lives. The common thread? Courage in the face of adversity. Screenwriter Laetitia Colombani perfectly weaves this powerful tale together through the story of one woman’s hair.
THE PERFECT WIFE by JP Delaney (Hachette, $32.99)
For fans of Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn, comes a new psychological thriller from the pseudonym JP Delaney. It opens with wife and mother Abbie Cullen waking up in hospital five years after a surfing accident. And it ends somewhere totally unpredictable. You'll want to read it all in one go to find out.
This article originally appeared in the November issue of marie claire.