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I'd try Alison by Lizzy Stewart. It's a beautiful coming-of-age story of a woman in the 1970s London art scene. Alternatively, Acting Class by Nick Drnaso follows the inner lives of a collection of misfits as they all attend an acting class together.
Definitely Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo, and Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. But I'd also say Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, The Song of Achilles by Madelline Miller, and A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara.
It's not out yet, but In Memoriam by Alice Winn (coming March 9th) is a stunningly written coming-of-age and romance set in the trenches of the First World War. Absolutely breathtaking.
Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson is a tragically beautiful love story of two young black artists in London. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie is a fast-paced and uncompromising retelling of Antigone amid Pakistani-British political tensions. And Untold Day and Night by Bae Suah (translated by Deborah Smith) is an atmospheric, twisty mystery of a woman trying to unpick the traumatic events that lead to her memory loss.
Fantasy romance is my favourite! A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske is gay historical fantasy, Malice by Heather Walter is a sapphic dark retelling of Sleeping Beauty, Payback's a Witch is a cosy queer romance, and Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao is polyamorous sci-fi. All are amazing!
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