Tag Archives: Books

Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry

In Night Boat to Tangier, we have two aging Irishmen waiting at the Algeciras ferry terminal in Spain. Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond have a long history together – over the last few decades they have been friends, business partners, rivals, and roommates in a mental institution. The drug smuggling business that they started when […]

The Vacation by T. M. Logan

T. M. Logan’s latest thriller begins with Kate, her husband, Sean, and their two children going off to France, where they will spend a week-long together in a luxurious villa with three of Kate’s best friends. Rowan, Jennifer, Izzy and Kate have known each other since college. Their friendship had blossomed while they were college […]

The Garden of Monsters by Lorenza Pieri

The Garden of Monsters, set in the Maremma region of Southern Tuscany, is the story of two families connected through business. Sauro Biagini, known as the King in his small town, is an ambitious rancher after prominence. When Sauro goes into business with Filippo Sanfilippi, an affluent politician from Rome, he hopes Filippo’s influence will […]

Death Rattle by Alex Gilly

This book deeply resonated with me. Death Rattle opens with Carmen Vega, a Mexican, getting picked up with others by the Border Patrol agent Nick Finn’s group near the coast of California when their panga starts to sink. This is Carmen’s second time trying to enter the US – she is fleeing a Cartel connected […]

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

It has been a while since I read Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, and I’m hazy on its details (+ my copy is back in Sri Lanka), so I don’t think I fully appreciated Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer winning novel which pays homage to Woolf. The Hours (which, by the way, was Woolf’s working title for her […]

One Year of Ugly Novel by Caroline Mackenzie

One Year of Ugly is THE book I’ve been searching for ever since COVID-19 hit the US. I wanted to read a literary fiction that would leave me happy as I’ve just finished a Jane Austen novel. Although I did read quite a few books that I thought would fit the bill, none of them […]

Neon Girls: A Stripper’s Education in Protest and Power by Jennifer Worley

What a fabulous read this was! Jennifer (Jenny) Worley, who is now a professor of English, was 24 when she started working at San Francisco’s Lusty Lady peep show in the mid-1990s. Before joining Lusty Lady, Jenny worked as a junior book publicist, and she could barely make ends meet with her $11/hour salary. Lusty […]

Reproduction by Ian Williams

I expected Reproduction would be a light kind of a “crooked love story” with perhaps a wedding and a happily-ever-after-ending after a long, winding road. But I thought wrong! Sure, there’s love in this story. However, it’s not romantic love – Reproduction is the story of one of the most unconventional families I’ve come across […]

The Half Sister by Sandie Jones

I haven’t read a thriller in a while, so I jumped at the chance to review Sandie Jones’s latest novel, The Half Sister. The First Mistake, Jones’s second novel, was my favorite out of the thrillers I read last year, so I had high hopes for this. But, alas, out of all her books, The […]

Ending Up by Kingsley Amis

This book grew on me! With everything that has been happening in the US, I needed a quick, witty read, which is why I turned to Kingsley Amis as many have told me he is a master of comedy. However, when I was done reading Ending Up roughly a week ago, I felt a bit […]

Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries by Martin Edwards

Settling Scores was such a curious read for me because I tend to avoid activities that require physical exertion! Chess has always been my idea of sports (if you’d like a good chess story, I highly recommend The Royal Game by Stefan Zweig and Theory of Shadows by Paolo Maurensig), and the limited knowledge I […]

My Husband Simon by Mollie Panter-Downes

When the British Library unveiled their new Women Writers series early this year, I couldn’t help but squeal with delight! 💃💃💃 As you may know, Mollie Panter-Downes is one of my favorite authors I discovered thanks to Persephone Classics. Ever since I came across Good Evening, Mrs. Craven – a story that made my heart […]

Billie by Anna Gavalda

This is my second Anna Gavalda novella. 🙂 Billie begins inside a crevice at the Cévennes Mountains National Park. Billie, the titular character, and Franck had been hiking when they fell into it just before nightfall. Franck is badly hurt, and there’s no cell phone reception in the area, so when he loses consciousness, Billie […]

The Parade by Dave Eggers

It has been a few days since I read The Parade, and I’m still not sure what to make of it. In this novella, two construction workers are sent to an unnamed foreign country to finish a highway that will connect its divided Northern and Southern halves. The country has been through a decades-long civil […]

Lakewood by Megan Giddings

After reading Christina Dalcher’s provocative dystopian novel, Master Class which calls attention to the history of eugenics in America, I thought it was time I read Lakewood where the subject of clinical studies on humans takes the forefront. Lakewood‘s premise centers on a research study similar to the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment. The novel set […]