Gail Godwin  (photo by David Herman)Gail Godwin has been enchanting readers for decades with her critically acclaimed and best-selling novels and short stories, including Unfinished Desires, Evensong and Evenings at Five.

Her latest, Flora, is set in small-town North Carolina—as many of her novels are—and focuses on Helen, a 10-year-old girl sent to live with her cousin, 22-year-old Flora, in the family's rambling, run-down house during the final months of WWII. Our reviewer called the book "a mesmerizing and magical tale."

We asked Godwin to recommend three books she's been reading lately, and she came back with five:

Never Mind
Bad News
Some Hope
Mother's Milk
At Last
By Edward St. Aubyn

I’m rereading, for the third time, Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose Novels, a quintet (Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother’s Milk, and At Last) published [in the United States] last spring. They are among my keepers, and they are my teachers. St. Aubyn’s crystalline style, ferocious intellect, wildly funny dialogue and wisdom about human character are astonishing. I first heard about the series in Francine Prose’s review in The New York Times Sunday Book Review.

What do you think, readers? Plan to add any of these Patrick Melrose novels to your to-be-read list? Be sure to check back on Monday for What they're reading: Beth Hoffman.

(Author photo by David Herman)

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