Author Archives: Nirmala

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Americans

In The Americans, the protagonist is James Carver, a sixty-eight-years-old American veteran pilot who had fought in the Vietnam war. Although James had flown a B-52, “an ungainly blue whale of a plane,” carrying bombs over the region during the war, he had never been to Vietnam before. But now with his daughter, Claire living […]

A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler (+ US Only Giveaway)

What a marvelous story! Therese Anne Fowler who brought the fascinating life of Zelda Fitzgerald into the limelight with her previous novel Z: The Beginning of Everything has returned with the life story of another remarkable woman. This time around Fowler’s focus is on Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, an American socialite in the Gilded Age […]

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen: I’d Love You to Want Me

I’d Love You to Want Me is one of the saddest love stories I’ve read. The story begins at a wedding where Mrs. Sa Khanh and her husband who is referred to as Professor are attendees. Professor has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s recently, so Sa is used to his memory lapses, but it had not […]

Paper Gods by Goldie Taylor

With one crucial election cycle behind us in the USA, I felt now would be the perfect time to read Goldie Taylor’s new political thriller. Paper Gods revolves around Victoria Dobbs Overstreet, the mayor of Atlanta who announces her bid for Congress when a seat becomes vacant after the death of her godfather, Ezra Hawkins. […]

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Transplant

In The Transplant, Arthur Arellano is a Mexican-American man who has autoimmune hepatitis, a chronic condition which basically means his immune system attacks the liver. When Arthur was first diagnosed with this disease, it had caught him off-guard. He is a compulsive gambler who had ignored the early symptoms as stress over his gambling debts. […]

Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks

Although this is my first time reading Sebastian Faulks, I think at least some of you must have come across this literary giant before. Faulks is a British author whose magnum opus is considered to be Birdsong, a book that has been sitting on my wish-list forever. So I was pleased to get my hands […]

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen: War Years

According to this interview published on NPR, War Years is a story loosely based on the author’s family’s life. As you may know, Viet Thanh Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American novelist who fled to America with his parents after the fall of Saigon when he was four-years-old. After they settled in San Jose, California in the […]

Murder by Matchlight by E. C. R. Lorac

Murder by Matchlight is my first novel by E. C. R. Lorac, and it didn’t disappoint. It is set in London during the Blitz at a time when blackouts were enforced by the government, so that alone was enough to pique my interest in this classic who-dun-it. Murder by Matchlight opens with Bruce Mallaig wandering […]

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Other Man

The protagonist of The Other Man is Liem, an eighteen-year-old Vietnamese boy. As the eldest son in a family of hawkers and farmers, the duty of helping out the family financially had fallen on Liem at a very young age. So at twelve, Liem had left school to shine the boots of American soldiers, and […]

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

Everything Under, Daisy Johnson’s debut novel made waves when it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year. At 27, Daisy is the youngest ever writer to be shortlisted for the award (previously it was Eleanor Catton, who went to win the Man Booker for The Luminaries when she was 28-years-old), and most readers […]

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen: Black-Eyed Women

Black-Eyed Women, the opening story in Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen’s anthology begins by listing some of the miserable ways one could become famous. Surviving being kidnapped and imprisoned for years, involvement in a sex scandal, escaping a fatal disaster unscathed – all these are ways one’s name could make headlines. And it is […]

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

When The Wife Between Us first came out in January, I didn’t know what to expect from it. It’s written by two writers, and honestly, at the time I thought it might end up being a bit of a disaster with their writing styles clashing and so forth. Because of it, I decided to skip […]

Golf Stories: Tees And Teens by Dan Jenkins

In Tees And Teens by Dan Jenkins, we have an old sports writer covering the Emily Turner Clambake golf tournament which is on its fifth year. Named after its sponsor Emily, a rich woman somewhere between the age of 55-82, this tournament had been the brainchild of Elbert Flash Pembroke, a former president of the […]

Like a Sword Wound by Ahmet Altan

Before I read Like a Sword Wound, the first volume in the Ottoman Quartet I knew very little of Turkey’s history or its present-day politics. So while I was reading this book, I spent a lot of hours on the internet researching this fascinating country. But, sadly, it seems like today people in Turkey, just […]

Golf Stories: Farrell’s Caddie by John Updike

Just like P. G. Wodehouse’s, John Updike is a famous novelist who loved golf. Updike had been introduced to the game when he was 25, and even as an amateur, he had managed to hit impressive shots every now and then. So I suppose it makes sense golf made it into his writings. 😀 Farrell’s […]