Books that made us cry in 2018

The Poet X

The Poet X

Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

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Normal People

Sally Rooney

When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a...

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The World Was Whole

Fiona Wright

The follow-up to Fiona Wright's essay collection Small Acts of Disappearance - winner of the Nita B. Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for Non-fiction, shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the NSW Premier's Award for...

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Crudo

Olivia Laing

A blisteringly funny and remarkably tender debut novel from Olivia Laing, one of the finest non-fiction writers of her generation.

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Ottessa Moshfegh

A shocking, hilarious and strangely tender novel about a young woman's experiment in narcotic hibernation, aided and abetted by one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature.

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If Cats Disappeared From The World

If Cats Disappeared From The World

Genki Kawamura, Eric Selland

A million-copy bestseller, a poignant and thought-provoking Japanese tale that asks what it really is that makes life worth living.

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 Read reviewCatching Teller Crow

Catching Teller Crow

Ambelin Kwaymullina, Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Winner of the Prize for Young Adult Writing at the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary AwardsNothing's been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one...

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The Heart's Invisible Furies

The Heart’s Invisible Furies

John Boyne

'By turns savvy, witty and achingly sad, this is a novelist at the top of his game.' Mail on SundayForced to flee the scandal brewing in her hometown, Catherine Goggin finds herself pregnant and alone, in search of a new life at...

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Between Us

Between Us

Clare Atkins

Ana's in a detention centre and Jono's life is spiralling out of control. Can their growing romance overcome the borders between them?

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Citizen: An American Lyric

Citizen: An American Lyric

Claudia Rankine

Examines the experience of race and racism in Western society through sharp vignettes of everyday discrimination and prejudice. This book includes essays, images and poetry together to form a testament to the individual and...

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We Are Okay

We Are Okay

Nina Lacour

After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.

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The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

Robert Hillman

A compelling and heartbreaking tale of grief and memory set in a small Victorian town in the 1960s.

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Bob

Bob

Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead, Nicholas Gannon

A charming middle-grade novel about friendship and the power of imagination, told in alternating chapters by Rebecca Stead, the Newbery Medal winning author of When You Reach Me, and Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author...

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No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian

An account of life inside Manus detention centre, from journalist and asylum-seeker Behrouz Boochani.  

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The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole

The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole

Michelle Cuevas

A girl's friendship with a lonely (and hungry) black hole leads her to face her own sadness in this original, funny, and touching novel

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