Category Contemporary Fiction

Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates

One fateful day in August 1982, somewhere out in the woods in Upstate New York, Patch witnessed his best friend Matthew shooting Hannah with a BB gun forty-nine times. They were all seventh graders attending the same school, but this had been the first time a girl joined in the boys’ excursions – before that, […]

Milkman by Anna Burns

At the time, age eighteen, having been brought up in a hair-trigger society where the ground rules were – if no physically violent touch was being laid upon you, and no outright verbal insults were being levelled at you, and no taunting looks in the vicinity either, then nothing was happening, so how could you […]

An Ermine in Czernopol by Gregor von Rezzori

An Ermine in Czernopol is an autobiographical novel by the European writer Gregor von Rezzori. Rezzori was born in Czernowitz in 1914, four years before it became a part of the Kingdom of Romania after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. So in this novel, which is set right after WWI, Czernopol is based on […]

Little Culinary Triumphs by Pascale Pujol

I’m glad I chose Little Culinary Triumphs to start my new reading year. Set in Montmartre, it’s a stellar novel both well-written and absorbing! The story’s protagonist is Sandrine Cordier, a civil servant who loves cooking. Sandrine’s childhood dream had been to open up her own restaurant. But with two grandmothers who had spent their […]

The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay

I adored this book as much as Sebastian Faulks’s recent novel Paris Echo! Now I’m ashamed to admit that this is the first time I read one of Tatiana de Rosnay’s novels too. I’m yet to read her renown novel Sarah’s Key – so I guess this will serve as another reminder that I haven’t […]

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 […]

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 […]

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Unsheltered is the award-winning American novelist Barbara Kingsolver’s ninth novel in which the narrative alternates between the years 2016 and 1870s. Its contemporary tale begins with Willa who has come to live in an old inherited house in Vineland, New Jersey with her family in the most unexpected way. For most of their lives, Willa […]

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Book Vs. Movie)

I joined a new book club recently and A Man Called Ove was the book chosen for our inaugural meeting. I bought the book when its movie adaptation got nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at Oscars. But I never got around reading it, so this worked out perfect for me! A Man Called […]

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

On a chilly Saturday night, during a winter snowstorm, Richard Bowmaster hits the road in a rush to take his cat, Très to the veterinarian. Richard is a sixty-something professor at the New York University who lives a solitary life in his brownstone apartment in Brooklyn with his four cats as his sole companions. So […]

Sight by Jessie Greengrass

In Sight, which was shortlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2018, the unnamed narrator is a young woman who is expecting her second child. With her husband, Johannes the narrator already has a daughter, however, the decision to have a child had been a difficult one for her at first. The narrator writes how […]

The Third Hotel by Laura van den Berg

Recently widowed Clare has arrived in Havana to attend the Festival of New Latin American Cinema. She had been planning on making this trip with Richard, her late husband who was a horror movie scholar. Now in Havana, Clare is alone in appreciating Revolución Zombi, a film Richard would have loved, but then one day […]

Meet Me At The Museum by Anne Youngson

Tina Hopgood is a woman in her sixties, married to Edward, a farmer in East Angelia in England. The day after her best friend Bella died, Tina writes a letter to Professor P. V. Glob, a Danish archaeologist who evacuated the Tollund Man. Tina had been a classmate of Glob’s daughter, and one of the […]

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I don’t know how to describe Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – I’m at a loss for words. It is such a lovely book, and I don’t think I can do justice to it. But I shall try my best, so bear with me! The novel’s protagonist Eleanor Oliphant is a very interesting woman. She […]

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

Three Things About Elsie received rave reviews when it was first published in the UK at the beginning of this year. A lot of readers across the pond wanted to see it in the Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist, although, unfortunately, it didn’t make it. But in any case, their gushing praises were enough to […]