12 Books You Should Read in September

Recommended Reading from Lit Hub Staff and Contributors

animal wife

Lara Ehrlich, Animal Wife
(Red Hen Press)

“My mother said girls have to take care of themselves. That’s how we avoid turning into sea foam and falling down wells. That’s how we escape hunters and kings who chop and carve and snip and steal.” These sentences, coming in the middle of the first story of Lara Ehrlich’s stunning debut collection Animal Wife, set the tone for what is to follow, as her characters assert their agency under oppressive conditions and in a world that is often fantastical. These stories, and Ehrlich, are remarkable, and the collection is a standout in a season full of amazing new releases.

–Corinne Segal, Lit Hub senior editor

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