Tag Archives: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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 […]

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. […]

Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow

Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense is the award-winning biographer Jenny Uglow’s account of Edward Lear’s life. Born in 1812, Edward was the penultimate of twenty-one children of Ann Clark Skerrett and Jeremiah Lear. Edward didn’t have the happiest of early childhoods – Ann Clark rejected Edward, and the family went through a […]

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Semi-major announcement: I offered to volunteer at the local library bookstore. 🙂 I have a meeting set up, and if all goes well I will be volunteering there soon enough! So it only seemed fitting that I pick up Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, a book that I have owned for sometime now, and just get on with […]