Infandous, by Elana K. ArnoldRead about another book on the list.
Elana K. Arnold’s Infandous is a beautiful, almost dreamlike novel about Sephora Golding, a teenage girl who creates found-object sculptures. Sephora and her mother are incredibly close, and Sephora imagines her mother’s life and past through the lens of fairy tales, but the narrative she crafts for herself through her art tells a different story. There is “unspeakable shit” in Sephora’s past, and how she discovers and comes to terms with the ramifications this has on her life (and potentially her relationship with her mother) grips the reader until the twist is revealed. Sephora’s sculptures are a way for her to find a way to express her horror even before her mind can fully comprehend it, speaking to the power of art not just to heal, but to make sense of our world.