Tag Archives: Europa Editions

My Grandmother’s Braid by Alina Bronsky

I picked up My Grandmother’s Braid because its synopsis reminded me of Donatella Di Pietrantonio’s A Girl Returned. Both novels feature children in precarious situations due to no fault of their own, and I have a soft spot for such stories. While I didn’t end up loving My Grandmother’s Braid as much as A Girl Returned […]

A Kingdom of Tender Colors: A Memoir of Comedy, Survival, and Love by Seth Greenland

Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air and Nina Riggs’s The Bright Hour have been on my wish-list for a while now. I’ve read rave reviews on both memoirs, and a part of me has been itching to read them, yet I never had the heart to take the plunge… It’s always sad when decent people […]

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 […]

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 […]

Billie by Anna Gavalda

This is my second Anna Gavalda novella. 🙂 Billie begins inside a crevice at the CĂ©vennes 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 […]

A Girl Returned by Donatella Di Pietrantonio

This is my second five-star read this year! In A Girl Returned, we have an unnamed thirteen-year-old who finds herself unceremoniously dumped among a family of impoverished strangers in a remote town in Italy. Up until this point, the girl’s life has been going pretty swell. She had lived in a gorgeous house by the […]

The Ten Loves of Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami

I read Hiromi Kawakami’s Strange Weather in Tokyo many moons ago, and that was quite a curious read. Even though it didn’t contain as many elements of magical realism as Haruki Murakami’s novels (I love Murakami’s works, despite not being the biggest fan of the genre), Strange Weather in Tokyo ventured into the realm of […]

French Leave by Anna Gavalda

I know it was just the other day while reviewing The White Book that I mentioned I was never the one to wish for a sibling while growing up. As an only child, my childhood was a blast, and I loved (LOVE!) being the center of my parents’ universe. So I never had much time […]

Sacred Darkness by Levan Berdzenishvili

Sacred Darkness, Levan Berdzenishvili’s semi-autobiographical novel begins at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC. Levan is a Georgian-Soviet politician who had landed in the hospital en route to Cancun, Mexico due to an infection, and after learning that Levan had been a prisoner in Soviet Gulag in the 1980s, his attending physician agrees to treat […]

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 […]

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 […]