Category Contemporary Fiction

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Rachel Khong’s debut novel Goodbye, Vitamin tells the story of the thirty-year-old Ruth who is back at her parents’ home after avoiding them for ages. Ruth’s father, a well-known history professor, is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and upon her mother’s request, Ruth decides to stay with them for a year to help take care of her […]

Early Work by Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin’s debut Early Work follows the story of Peter, a twenty-something wannabe writer. The novel begins when Peter meets Leslie, another aspiring writer at a party. Peter instantly becomes taken with Leslie despite having a long-term girlfriend, and Leslie who has temporarily moved to Virginia to take a break from her fiancé doesn’t try […]

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

I won Behold the Dreamers in a giveaway lovely Nikki hosted last year but hadn’t got around reading it. With the crisis of child separation at borders making headlines in the US, I realized now is the best time for me to read it. Behold the Dreamers, which takes a close look at immigrants and […]

Half Gods by Akil Kumarasamy

Akil Kumarasamy’s debut novel Half Gods is presented as a collection of interwoven short stories that explores the immigrant experience. Those who have been following my blog for a while might know that I’m from Sri Lanka, where a 26-year civil war was fought between the Sinhalese, Sri Lanka’s ethnic majority and the Tamil minority. […]

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo first came under my radar when it got nominated for Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction 2017. I was so intrigued by the title, and I wanted to know who was the greatest love of Evelyn Hugo out of all her seven husbands. But when I started reading […]

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 – […]

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Home Fire is written by Kamila Shamsie who is no stranger to the Women’s 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

It’s New Year’s Eve in 1984 when we first meet the heroine of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, the novel’s namesake. Lillian is eighty-five at the time, but not even the Subway Vigilante can keep her from taking evening strolls in her beloved city of Manhattan. So clad in a mink coat, Lillian hits the […]

New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

New Boy is the third Hogarth Shakespeare novel I read, and this retelling of Othello transported me to a school in Washington DC in the 1970s. The title of Chevalier’s novel refers to Osei Kokote, the eleven-year-old son of a Diplomat from Ghana. In the span of six years the Kokote family has moved around […]

The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Shuttle, which I think will most likely end up among my top reads of this year, is a book set in the early 1900s at a time when it was fashionable for American heiresses to marry British aristocrats. These American heiresses were then called “Dollar Princesses.” By marrying into British families they gained titles […]

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

Melissa Scrivner Love’s debut, Lola follows the story of Crenshaw Six gang in South Central Los Angeles. Now, to the outsiders, Lola is just the girlfriend of Garcia, the leader Crenshaw Six drug cartel. But as the story evolves we realize there’s more to this gang than it meets the eye. One of my issues […]

First Love by Gwendoline Riley

Neve, a writer in her mid-thirties lives in London with her husband Edwyn, an older man. Thier marriage seems to be blissful at first. They are affectionate with each other, have cute pet names! But soon Gwendoline Riley shatters any illusions we might have had about their marriage by showing us the toxic side of […]

The Dark Circle by Linda Grant

In The Dark Circle, Lenny and Miriam are twins living in London after World War II. Their father had passed away when they were young, and in this period of postwar austerity, their mother is trying her best to look out for them with their uncle Manny’s help. Manny, having lost his only son to […]