Author Archives: Nirmala

When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy

When I Hit You tells the story of an unnamed narrator, a writer who fell in love with a university professor and moved hundreds of miles away from home after marrying him. This man who disguised himself as a progressive individual, in fact, turned out to be a monster – paranoid, controlling, and manipulative – […]

Tea With Mr. Rochester: The Little Willow by Frances Towers

It has been some time since I last posted here. We came to Sri Lanka for a short break and then hopped on a plane again to visit Singapore. ūüėÄ So I haven’t spent much time reading. But now I plan on getting back to my regular rhythm, and hopefully read few books from the […]

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one. Sarah Schmidt’s debut See What I Have Done begins on August 4th in 1892 at Fall River, Massachusetts, soon after the body of Andrew Borden, a wealthy manufacturer/ entrepreneur is discovered by […]

Tea with Mr. Rochester by Frances Towers: Tea with Mr. Rochester

Next up in Frances Towers’s collection is the title story. When I picked the book, I was wondering if Tea with Mr. Rochester would have anything to do with Jane Eyre and as it turns out it does! Prissy, the story’s protagonist is an orphaned little girl brought up by her aunts. While in boarding […]

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

For me, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl has been the epitome of psychological thrillers for a while now. Ever since Gone Girl came out in 2014 I’ve been judging all the thrillers I read after in comparison to it. The dust jackets of most of those books brazenly touted them to be the next Gone Girl […]

Tea with Mr. Rochester by Frances Towers: Violet

Now that I’m done reading Love Stories I figured it’s time I read another Persephone short story collection. The anthology I picked is Tea with Mr. Rochester, the only book Frances Towers ever published. Last year I came across one of her stories in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. Spade Man from Over the […]

Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow

Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense is the award-winning biographer Jenny Uglow’s account of Edward Lear’s life. Born in 1812, Edward was the penultimate of twenty-one children of Ann Clark Skerrett and Jeremiah Lear. Edward didn’t have the happiest of early childhoods – Ann Clark rejected Edward, and the family went through a […]

Love Stories: May by Ali Smith

The final story in Love Stories is taken from Ali Smith’s collection; The Whole Story and Other Stories. May is one of the weird stories in Love Stories – it’s about a woman who falls in love with a tree belonging to one of the neighbors. So plot-wise it’s very unique, but at the same […]

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Home Fire is written by Kamila Shamsie who is no stranger to the Women‚Äôs Prize for Fiction. She has been shortlisted for the prize twice in the past, and her latest novel which is among the longlisted books this year is very appropriate for the times we live in. Shamsie’s novel, which is a modern […]

Love Stories: Terrific Mother by Lorrie Moore

In Terrific Mother Adrienne, an unmarried woman of thirty-five, is our protagonist. Adrienne is at an age where she feels awkward around infants because she doesn’t have one of her own. Holding a baby was no longer natural – she was no longer natural – but a test of womanliness and earthly skills. She was […]

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

Elif Batuman’s story is about Selin (a.k.a. The Idiot), a Turkish American who begins her freshman year in Havard in 1995. Selin is a smart kid, but in Havard where everyone is intelligent, she is nothing special. She is also eighteen, which means she doesn’t have concrete plans for her future. So the story follows […]

Love Stories: A Temporary Matter by Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my favourite authors all time. Possibly owing to her South Asian background I’ve always felt her stories are relatable and I’ve read all her books except for In Other Words, a collection of literary essays she published in 2017. Lahiri’s Pulitzer winning short story anthology Interpreter of Maladies is the […]

What Lies Between¬†Us by Nayomi Munaweera

What Lies Between Us is a heart-wrenching story written by Nayomi Munaweera in which a young Sri Lankan woman living in the US is the protagonist. This young woman remains unnamed for the most part of the novel, and the story is a confession of sorts told from the confines of her cell where she […]

Love Stories: The Room by William Trevor

Even though I have not read any of William Trevor’s books, I’ve heard wonderful things about his writing over the years. So, naturally, I felt a bit nervous when I started reading The Room taken from his anthology Cheating at Canasta. I didn’t want to be disappointed. But as soon as I started reading The […]

A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert

Longlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction A Boy in Winter is set during WWII in a newly occupied small town in Ukraine. SS armies are rounding up Jews when Yankel, a young Jewish boy decides to make a run for it with Momik, his baby brother. Yankel has no clue of the trials that lie […]