The Lover, by Marguerite Duras
“This is a slim volume of poetry, loss, and the sepia-toned remembrances of a girl coming of age in the wilds of French Indochina before World War II. It is an unforgettable ode to a time and place in a young girl’s life, a portrait of the moment when the road forks, a choice is made, and a life is changed forever. When I read it, my life turned on its axis. My own experience was validated, and I felt the power, the necessity, of honoring my own life through words.”
Recommended by Rebecca Walker, the author of the memoir Black, White, and Jewish ($15, amazon.com). Her first novel, Adé: A Love Story ($20, amazon.com), will be published this fall.
To buy: $12, amazon.com.