Photo: Martha Pavlidou

5 of 5
Note to Self
256 pages; Faber & Faber
This one is about a late-blooming 37-year-old who's looking for love online. I was laughing out loud reading lines like "Kudos to you... It's not easy to eroticize a cabbage leaf." Simone's is a wisecracking, mordantly observant, wide-awake voice. Even when the humor is bitter, there's something joyful in it—like hearing a direct dispatch from a neurotic person's consciousness. 
— Karen Russell