Books That Appear When We Need Them Most


There is a particular way we love books that find us at exactly the right time, a love that swells beyond the dexterity of the writing or believability of the characters. Books that appear when we need them most become part of our nervous system, and so it’s jarring when someone else professes their love for the same book. Surely it must be impossible for anyone else to be in on the secret.

Many readers have found solace in the late Katherine Dunn’s most famous novel, Geek Love, a tale praised for its apt portrayal of outsiders and misfits. Over at Lit Hub, Helena Fitzgerald reflects on the novel’s powerful influence on her life.

Victor Luo is a graduate of UC Davis's MA in Creative Writing program specializing in fiction. He lives in Los Angeles where he loves never having to be cold. More from this author →