Severance by Ling Ma
Recommended by Chloe:
Severance is the ultimate millennial novel—so many of the themes in this book resonated with me. Candace was such a brilliantly fleshed out, deeply relatable character. Her experiences as a first-generation immigrant provide a twist on the redundant office worker narrative, bringing her own unique qualities and storyline to the table. She truly drove the entire book. Ling Ma is a fantastically descriptive writer, and I would frequently find myself re-reading little fragments throughout because of how vivid, poetic, and original they were. Combined with the unorthodox New York office-drone/fevered post-apocalyptic narrative arc, Severance truly stands out as one of my favorite novels of 2018.