I just finished a couple books and they were both awesome! The best part about these two books is your library owns them, so stop in and check them out or put them on hold today.
“A Face Like Glass” by Frances Hardinge: Everyone in Caverna is born with a blank canvas for a face and must be taught how to make expressions. Facesmiths are the professionals who provide the service of creating expressions for the people of Caverna. The problem with this service is that it costs money–the rich get to choose from an array of faces while those that don’t have financial resources get stuck with faces that have already been chosen for them such as expressions of subservience. This book is pure magic in both the craft of the writing, as well as the actual content.
“Bad Dreams and Other Stories” by Tessa Hadley: This short story collection gives readers complex characters and a sense of closure when each story is finished. I actually became attached to a lot of the characters here instead of forgetting them the moment I moved on to the next story. The connecting thread between these stories is self-reflection–each character goes through a deeply conflicting experience and must look inside themselves for the answers.