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What writers are reading: The Irish Times books of the year 2019

Leslie Jamison’s fierce essay collection Make It Scream, Make It Burn focuses on lonely whales, past lives and photography.

Tressie McMillan Cottom’s excellent Thick looks at the United States through race, education and grief.

  • Martin Doyle
  • The Irish Times

Annie Ernaux’s Happening is a riveting memoir mash-up recounting an illegal abortion in France in 1963.

Katherine Angel’s Daddy Issues is a fascinating dive into fathers in literature and film;

Anne Boyer’s The Undying furiously interrogates her cancer through the lens of capitalism and gender, while Notes Made While Falling by Jenn Ashworth also deals deftly with illness and…

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