Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Six top novels involving alternate realities

Helen Phillips's new novel is The Need.

Her other books include a novel, The Beautiful Bureaucrat, a story collection, And Yet They Were Happy, which was named a notable collection by The Story Priz, and the children’s adventure book, Here Where the Sunbeams Are Green.

At The Week magazine, Phillips tagged six top novels involving alternate realities, including:
Amatka by Karin Tidbeck (2012).

Vanja is a bureaucrat in a dystopian society where everything that isn't properly labeled with a name tag turns to sludge. On assignment in the town of Amatka, Vanja starts to engage in small acts of defiance and strains her social bonds, including her relationship with her lover, Nina.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue