Monthly Archives: February 2017

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: It All Begins Again by Helen Hull

It All Begins Again is the story of Mary Bristol. She is a widow and in her seventies now. Mary appreciates her independence a lot, so she never had intended to live with her children. But everything changes when she falls ill with pneumonia. At a moment of weakness, Mary agrees to move in with Vera, her […]

Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories by Mariana Enríquez

I don’t know what made the publishers decide on a spring release for Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories. This collection is perfect for Halloween! Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories is a book that surprised me. The book has good ratings, but when it comes to books by relatively new (Mariana Enríquez […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: Nine Years is a Long Time by Norah Hoult

It wasn’t until October was well under way that she began to wonder that she had had no word from him. Even then she didn’t actually worry. He had probably gone on some business trip. Men in a good position, like he certainly was, often went away on business looking after their affairs. He might […]

A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor

After reading The Sea by John Banville, I feared I might get into a reading slump. Luckily, Elizabeth Taylor saved me with her delightful book – A View of the Harbour written in 1947. ‘He pays me money, as he should and must. A man cannot be allowed to reserve a woman’s beauty for himself until it is gone, and […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: The Test by Angelica Gibbs

The Test which is five pages is probably the shortest story in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. Despite its size, it is also a short story that has a deep meaning. The test referred to in here is Marian’s driving test. Marian, an African American is the help at Mrs. Ericson’s household. Mariam has had a […]

The Sea by John Banville

The Sea is a book that genuinely daunted me! Oh boy! I thought I write long sentences! But no, John Banville writes LONGER sentences! He uses gazillion commas and, at one point I swear it made my head spin! 😀 Here is an excerpt to give you a taste: Speaking of the television room, I realize suddenly, […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: The Rainy Day, the Good Mother, and the Brown Suit by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

I have been eyeing on Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s The Home-Maker (Persephone Book #7) for awhile now. So I was very glad to see the next short story in The Persephone Book of Short Stories is one of her short stories. 🙂 In The Rainy Day, the Good Mother, and the Brown Suit, we have a mother of three young […]

This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets

I finished reading Milena Busquets’s This Too Shall Pass in a single sitting. The story begins at Blanca’s mother’s funeral. Blanca is a forty-year-old woman with two ex-husbands and two sons, and her mother’s death has left her terribly unhinged. Without being able to get past the tragedy even after a month, Blanca decides to go to her family’s […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: Here We Are by Dorothy Parker

I was looking at the table of contents in my The Persephone Book of Short Stories today and realized I have somehow missed Here We Are, the sixth short story in the collection! So I started reading it right away! Here We Are, written in 1931 is a story of newlyweds. The happy couple has been married […]

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer was a fascinating read. Having never read literature related to Vietnam War before, this book written by Viet Thanh Nguyen, a Vietnamese American helped me put things into perspective. I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am also a man of two minds. I am not […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: The Exile by Betty Miller

‘Irina is not the ordinary type of servant. Mrs. Clark told me on the ‘phone that she was really a very cultured person.’ ‘Then why’s she doing this sort of work?’ ‘She’s an emigre, dear. The revolution in Russia, you know. Why, in Paris there are grand duchesses who are waitresses and chambermaids’ Similar to […]

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

… “I proposed to the Vicar that the village’s dear choir should become a women’s only choir.” “And how exactly did you do that?” Mrs. B. asked in her usual condescending way. “I explained that now that there’s a war going on, we’re far more in need of a choir that ever before. We need to […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: The Photograph by Phyllis Bentley

The next up in The Persephone Book of Short Stories is Dimanche by Irène Némirovsky. But since I am planning on reading Dimanche and Other Stories (Persephone Book #87) as a part of my Irène Némirovsky year-long project, I decided to skip it for now, which left me with The Photograph written in 1935. The Photograph was a delightful […]

Le Bal by Irène Némirovsky

Le Bal, consisting of two novellas by Irène Némirovsky is the second book in my Irène Némirovsky year-long project. Le Bal proved to be the perfect pick after I read Ruby, as I was in need for some mood-lifting. 😀 Le Bal, the first novella is about Kampf family. Alfred Kampf has recently made a fortune after struggling […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: Roman Fever by Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton is the first female author to win the Pulitzer Prize (for The Age of Innocence in 1920), so I was very excited to read Roman Fever as I have not read any of her books before. However, my excitement did not last long. I found Roman Fever to be a tad bit boring for my taste. […]