A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara
You must read this book. Go now and buy it and take it with you wherever you’re going this month. Yes, it’s long. Yes, it’s emotionally harrowing (peep the cover, friends). But it’s also the first book I’ve come across in some time that made me want to read it under the table at every meal, no matter who I was sitting with. The novel is complex and deeply engrossing, following four friends from their college years through adulthood, with one deep and closely held secret hanging over all of their heads. There’s also much about families, those you’re born into and those you construct, which makes it perfect reading for this time of year. As long as your family doesn’t mind you reading at the table.