Book Review: Nobody Will Tell You This But Me, by Bess Kalb

I could tell this girl she’d marry the love of her life in a year. She’d leave the tenement in Brooklyn and see Cairo and Tuscany and China and Switzerland and Greece and Gaza and Paris – Paris more times than she could count. She’d visit her mother’s village in Belarus (then part of Russia),Continue reading “Book Review: Nobody Will Tell You This But Me, by Bess Kalb”

Book Review: Still Life, by Sarah Winman

There are moments in life, so monumental and still, that the memory can never be retrieved without a catch to the throat or an interruption to the beat of the heart. Can never be retrieved without the rumbling disquiet of how close that moment came to not having happened at all. Still Life The bookContinue reading “Book Review: Still Life, by Sarah Winman”

Book Review: The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey

The rains came hard in May that year – early, for the rainy season. Every time the rain came down, it sounded like thousands of gloved hands clapping. The daily downpour was a mixed blessing. With the rain, every man and woman felt an old, lingering, hard-to-dissolve guilt for past sins. The rain brought awkwardContinue reading “Book Review: The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey”

Book Review: The Switch, by Beth O’Leary

Half an hour passed. That’s not an especially long time, really. You can’t watch a whole episode of Buffy in that time, or… bake a large potato. But you can totally destroy your career. I’ve been so afraid this was coming. For over a year now I’ve been fumbling my way through work, making absent-mindedContinue reading “Book Review: The Switch, by Beth O’Leary”

Book review: The Lido, by Libby Page

The sky stretches above her and for a moment she feels completely free. She rolls onto her back and tries backstroke so she can watch the birds crossing back and forth… She stops swimming for a moment and floats; for the first time in a long time she lets herself relax. The water holds her.Continue reading “Book review: The Lido, by Libby Page”

Book Review: Girl A, by Abigail Dean

You don’t know me, but you’ll have seen my face. Girl A Lex is on her way to the prison where her biological mother has just died. She is the executor of the will, although she doesn’t understand why, given that she has refused to see her mother all of the time that she hasContinue reading “Book Review: Girl A, by Abigail Dean”

Book Review: Miss Benson’s Beetle, by Rachel Joyce

Until now, Margery hadn’t shared her father’s love of insects… Yet as her finger met the golden beetle, something happened: a spark seemed to fly out and her future opened. She went hot and cold. She would find the beetle. It was that simple. Miss Benson’s Beetle Margery Benson is working in a school teachingContinue reading “Book Review: Miss Benson’s Beetle, by Rachel Joyce”

Book Review: Leonard and Hungry Paul, by Rónán Hession

‘What kind of things do they usually ask? I’ve never had an interview before…’ In general, they usually like to know if you’re a born leader, a visionary and a can-do sort of person.’ ‘I suppose there are probably lots of things I could do if were to try them, but generally I don’t tryContinue reading “Book Review: Leonard and Hungry Paul, by Rónán Hession”

Book Review: Unsettled Ground, by Claire Fuller

The morning sky lightens, and snow falls on the cottage. It falls on the thatch, concealing the moss and the mouse damage, smoothing out the undulations, filling in the hollows and slips, melting where it touches the bricks of the chimney…. The worries of seventy years – the money, the infidelity, the small deceits –Continue reading “Book Review: Unsettled Ground, by Claire Fuller”

Book Review: Silver Sparrow, by Tayari Jones

James sighed and bounced me on his lap a little bit. “What happens in my life, in my world, doesn’t have anything to do with you. You can’t tell your teacher that your daddy has another wife. You can’t tell your teacher that my name is James Witherspoon. Atlanta ain’t nothing but a country town,Continue reading “Book Review: Silver Sparrow, by Tayari Jones”