Tag Archives: Doubleday Books

Brood by Jackie Polzin

Jackie Polzon’s debut is a quirky little novel! It follows an unnamed protagonist living in Minneapolis as she takes care of four hens that she has recently acquired, all the while trying to come to terms with a great personal loss. Having read and enjoyed The Pilgrim Hawk and The Goshawk before, it was interesting […]

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian

Set in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1662, Hour of the Witch takes us back to a time when witch-hunt fervor was on the rise. The twenty-four-year-old Mary Deerfield had arrived in the New World from England with her wealthy merchant parents not so long ago. The lack of suitable suitors in a “community of saints” had […]

When I Ran Away by Ilona Bannister

I have read novels on motherhood before, but they all felt abstract to me, and I always thought it is because I’m not a mother. But while reading When I Ran Away, I truly felt like I could understand what its protagonist Gigi was going through in my bones! When we first see Gigi in […]

The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood

I think I have found a new author to join the ranks of Khalid Hussain and Mohsin Hamid! Reading The Bad Muslim Discount truly felt like a homecoming to me as I don’t see many South Asian characters in stories I read. The Bad Muslim Discount is about two families from Pakistan and Iraq whose […]

That Old Country Music by Kevin Barry

That Old Country Music is my second Kevin Barry – I read his Booker long-listed Night Boat to Tangier last year and wasn’t particularly impressed by it. His recent short story collection, That Old Country Music, set in Ireland has received rave reviews from critics and readers on Goodreads, so I’m in the minority when […]

The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams

This delightful novel is for all the linguaphiles out there. The Liar’s Dictionary is about two employees working for Swansby’s New Encyclopaedic Dictionary a century apart. In one plot-line, set in 1899, Peter Winceworth is a lexicographer responsible for working on the letter S. Winceworth is a timid fellow with nothing exciting going on in […]

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

I am a volunteer at the local library bookstore. It is a second-hand bookshop, and it is very rarely I come home after my shift without a book! Last week I bought a hardcover copy of The Underground Railroad in mint condition for $5! I was not going to read it immediately, but when it […]