The Passion of New Eve

When I suggested to a friend that we form a two-person "book club", we settled on Angela Carter's The Passion of New Eve for our first read. If the aim of a book club is to generate discussion, it's hard to imagine a better pick. New Eve is confrontational, symbolic, and brazenly unlike anything either of us had ever read. Think Borges infused with Mad Max, or Chuck Palahniuk through a radical feminist lens. You might call it nightmarish magical realism. It's not for everybody - themes of sex, gender, and power drive the plot, and Carter takes the characters to some pretty dark places - but for readers ready for a book that's fiercely intelligent, beautifully written, and passionately told, get ready: you won't come out the same on the other side.