1980s

STONE MOTHERS : BOOK REVIEW

  Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly ★★★✰✰ 2.5 stars (rounded up to 3) “People lie to cover their tracks all the time but in the aftermath of true horror, there is a window – minutes, even seconds long – where shock drives out dissemblance and there is only room for a kind of devastated honesty.” […]

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SOLSTICE : BOOK REVIEW

Solstice by Joyce Carol Oates ★★★✰✰ 3.5 stars “I never change, I simply become more myself.” At its core this is a dizzying tale of the fraught and destructive relationship between two solipsistic women. A labyrinthine narrative follows characters that are mired in their own ambivalence. Until her divorce Monica Jensen was quite comfortable in […]

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KITCHEN: BOOK REVIEW

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto ★★★✰✰ 3.5 stars of 5 stars (4 stars to Kitchen, 3 stars to “Moonlight Shadow”) Yoshimoto’s distinctive style perfectly captures grief and its ramifications. After the death of her grandmother Mikage, an orphan, finds herself without a family. Mikage, unable to bear another loss, attempts to withdraw from others. Yoshimoto renders the […]

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LIE WITH ME: BOOK REVIEW

Non mentirmi (Lie with me) by Philippe Besson ★★★✰✰ 3.5 of 5 stars Initially, I was torn between reading the English and the Italian translations of « Arrête avec tes mensonges ». I settled for the Italian because —to my mind at least— it seems closer to the original French language (at least they are both […]

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SWING TIME: BOOK REVIEW

Swing Time by Zadie Smith ★★✰✰✰ 2 of 5 stars I feel cheated. The beginning of this sprawling and pointless narrative promised something. It gave me certain expectations. So, when I found myself questioning the direction of this novel, I told myself that surely, by the end, this would all make sense. Turns out I […]

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Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

‘You’re gambling. Hell, you’re gambling against history.’ Kindred is a riveting story. Octavia Butler has created a tale in which a young woman is thrust into a violent past that forces her to into a relentlessly dangerous position. Kindred is an incredibly gripping read. From its prologue to its epilogue, the story demands attention. Butler […]

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