Monthly Archives: April 2017

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: A Bad Cold By Elizabeth Spencer

A Bad Cold is a story about a family of four. Pete, the husband, is at home with a bad cold. I got the feeling Pete is not used to idling – he complains to his wife of his children’s smoking habits which he believes to be aggravating his cold! When it does not bring him […]

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

Poirot Investigates is the third volume in Agatha Christie’s Poirot series. It is a collection of eleven short stories altogether, and I am having mixed feelings about it. In the opening story; The Adventure of The ‘Western Star’, we have a fabulous actress who has been receiving notes demanding that she returns her precious diamond […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: The Real Thing by Diana Athill

I went to the dance with Thomas Toofat. So begins The Real Thing by Diana Athill, yet another wonderful short story in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. The narrator, whose name we never learn, is a young girl, and the story written in 1958 is about the narrator’s transition into womanhood. Diana Athill’s writing […]

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

For Jason Dessen life as he knew it changed the day his girlfriend of few months, Daniella told him she was pregnant with his child. They were young in their late twenties, not looking to start a family. So when they decided to get married anyway and go through the pregnancy, it changed the trajectory […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: What a Lovely Surprise by Penelope Mortimer

Jill, the main character in What a Lovely Surprise; Penelope Mortimer’s portrayal of a middle-class family in 1957, is a housewife and a mother of three children. Jill is turning 39 years old, and her family is getting ready for her birthday celebrations – a family tradition which had started when their eldest child Louisa […]

The Goshawk by T. H. White

Reading The Goshawk was a first for me. I have read memoirs before, but The Goshawk was the first time I read a memoir about a man’s feral companion(s). T. H. White is known for his Arthurian novels; The Once and Future King. But before he made his mark in the literary world, T. H. […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: The Woman Novelist by Diana Gardner

I was not familiar with Diana Gardner before reading The Woman Novelist. Diana Gardner’s Wikipedia page does not give much information, but according to Persephone biographies, Diana Gardner was a writer/ artist who was Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s neighbor during World War II. The Woman Novelist, written in 1950 is a story of domesticity. Madeline, […]

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

I am a volunteer at the local library bookstore. It is a second-hand bookshop, and it is very rarely I come home after my shift without a book! Last week I bought a hardcover copy of The Underground Railroad in mint condition for $5! I was not going to read it immediately, but when it […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: A View of Exmoor by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Sylvia Townsend Warner’s A View of Exmoor was published in The New Yorker in 1948. It is reprinted in The Persephone Book of Short Stories, and I found it to be an interesting read! A View of Exmoor is set in 1936, at a time “weddings could be garish.” The Finches are returning home from […]

Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson

The year is 2022. Israel has been dissolved, and the US is plagued by antisemitism. Amidst this political turmoil, an American Jewish family, the Jacobsons get together for Passover in Los Angeles. From the beginning, there is a lot of drama going on in Tell Me How This Ends Well. The patriarch of the family, […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

The Lottery is Shirley Jackson’s best known short story. I know Shirley Jackson is renown horror/ mystery writer, but never having read her works before I think this was the best way for me to get introduced to her work. The focus of The Lottery is a small village of about 300 residents. The date […]

The Courilof Affair by Irène Némirovsky

The Courilof Affair is the fourth book I read as a part of my Irène Némirovsky year-long project. I have mentioned this before – I believe that Irène Némirovsky’s inspiration for her writing came through her life. In The Misunderstanding, the main character is a beautiful adulterer married to a wealthy man, just like Irène’s […]