Category: Books

Vox by Christine Dalcher

Another day, another female dystopian novel. Christine Dalcher’s Vox, the newest in ranks, joins Future Home of The Living God by Louise Erdich (birth crisis), Sleeping Beauties by Owen and Stephen King (sleep crisis), The Power by Naomi Alderman (zappity crisis), and Red Clocks by Leni Zumas (abortion ban crisis) in

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Florida by Lauren Groff and Fight No More by Lydia Millet

I’m going rogue and pitting Florida by Lauren Groff against Fight No More by Lydia Millet for this review. These are similar short story collections: heavily influenced by locale and featuring a recurring female character. While both have their merits, one world is better rendered than the other. This post contains affiliate links

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From A Low And Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan: The Master of Poignancy

From A Low And Quiet Sea exposes the inner lives of three men from contrasting backgrounds, ages, and current circumstances via heartbreaking inner monologues.  Donal Ryan eats, breaths, and writes the universality of the human condition: the secret selves, the joys and fears, the insecurity behind the flex, and, above all,

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Familiar Things by Hwang Sok-Yong

Did you enjoy the warm fuzzies of Stand By Me but wished that the dead body was something scarier, like a zombie? Or a ghost? Did you wish there was more trash? Then Familiar Things by Hwang Sok-Yong is for you. Familiar Things takes place over thirty years ago, in Seoul, North Korea. Have

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Slave Old Man by Patrick Chamoiseau

Do you like underdog stories? A scrappy protagonist that fights to overcome all odds? Did you wonder why everyone was so scared of that sweet puppy, Cujo? Then Slave Old Man by Patrick Chamoiseau is the book you’ve been waiting for. When The Décharge Hits The protagonist in Slave Old

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The Sealed Letter by Emma Donaghue

What should we think of a community of slaves, who betrayed each other’s interest? Of a little band of shipwrecked mariners upon a friendless shore, who were false to each other? -Sarah Ellis, The Daughters of England (1845) The Sealed Letter by Emma Donaghue Do you like historical fiction? How

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A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

“Amar, I know this will mean nothing to you now. But I do believe that even your father’s God, even He, would forgive you. To know you is to want to let you in.” Family chronicles are the Brittney’s of Literature. They’re everywhere: at every party, on every shelf, adorning

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