Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: A Lovely Time by Dorothy Whipple

Having read Dorothy Whipple’s High Wages a few years back, I am not a stranger to her writing. Persephone has republished eight of her books, and her biography at the back of the book says nine of her novels, including Someone at a Distance, were very successful during her time. A Lovely Time written in 1933 is a story […]

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (Book vs. Movie)

We Need to Talk About Kevin is one of the darkest books I have read in awhile. Kevin, Eva and Franklin’s first-born has killed eleven people while he was in high school and now serving time at a boys correctional facility. The story, which is likely to be one of every parents’ nightmare scenarios, is told […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: The Music Box by Malachi Whitaker

Before reading The Music Box, Malachi Whitaker was unknown to me. But according to the brief biographies at the back of the book, Malachi Whitaker was a renown short story writer in her time, dubbed “Bradford Chekhov.” The story is centered around a young woman, Mrs. Morphett and her little boy, Henry. The mother and the […]

Mexico: Stories by Josh Barkan

I was not planning on reading Mexico: Stories by Josh Barkan this soon. Yet, Mexico being a hot topic in the US, I could not resist the temptation! 😉 Before I started reading this short story collection, I read some other reviews on the book which were mostly negative because those readers felt this book […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: Holiday Group by E. M. Delafield

E. M. Delafield’s Diary of a Provincial Lady has been on my wishlist forever, but I never got around buying a copy. After reading Holiday Group, now I have moved it up on my list. 😀 Holiday Group written in 1926 is about a young family. Reverend Herbert Cliff-Hay, the father of the family has recently come […]

Thirteen Guests by J. Jefferson Farjeon

I must have been around fourteen-years-old the first time I read a vintage crime novel. It was A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie, and it did not leave much of an impression. I was still learning English at the time – it is not my mother-tongue, which in retrospect might have been a factor. But other […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: The Pain by Pauline Smith

The Pain first published in 1923 is a short story set in South Africa. Growing up Pauline Smith had lived in rural South Africa so one can imagine Pauline getting inspired by what surrounded her. The Pain is a story about Juriaan van Royen and Deltje, an old couple who have been married for fifty years. […]

David Golder by Irène Némirovsky

David Golder is the first book I read as a part of my Irène Némirovsky year-long project. David Golder is Irène’s second novel, but it is the one that first brought her fame and made her mark in the literary world. David Golder is a self-made businessman who made his fortune by speculating in oil fields. He is ruthless and […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: The Black Cap by Katherine Mansfield

Even though this was my first time reading a story by Katherine Mansfield, I have come across a lot of blog reviews on her work, which I believe speak for her fame. According to the author biographies at the back of The Persephone Book of Short Stories, Katherine Mansfield lived a very short life (1888-1923), so one […]

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Lotto is 22 when his eyes set on Mathilde for the first time at a party held near the end of their time as Vassar undergraduates. Lotto, tall and handsome, is a known player. Mathilde, although gorgeous, is a recluse. But at that party, their lives would change forever. Lotto would leap and swim through […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: From A to Z by Susan Glaspell

From A to Z, a short story written by Susan Glaspell follows Edna Willard. Edna Willard, a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, dreams of working in a publishing house. In her fantasy, she would have a little office all by herself, completed with a roll-top mahogany desk and “a big chair which whirled round like that in […]

Pitch Dark by Renata Adler

Pitch Dark was a tough read, and I almost put it aside after reading ten pages. The only thing that kept me going is Renata Adler’s eloquent prose – I did not want to and could not miss out on that! At the end, I was glad I did not give up on it too soon. […]