Tag Archives: Harper Perennial

Dear Ann by Bobbie Ann Mason

In this novel, the titular character, Ann is looking to the late sixties with nostalgia and wondering how her life would have turned out if she had made a different choice back then. In 1966, fresh out of college from Kentucky, Ann had decided to attend Harpur College in Upstate New York for her doctoral […]

Her Turn by Katherine Ashenburg

Even though she has been divorced for over a decade, Liz, the protagonist of Her Turn is still angry at Sidney, her ex-husband for his affair that led to their divorce. Sidney has since married Nicole, his mistress, and the couple lives in Seattle now, whereas Liz has moved to Washington DC. Liz has a […]

How to Kidnap the Rich by Rahul Raina

This book started out strong, so much so that it reminded me of Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger, my favorite Booker Prize winner. Both novels, set in India, are rags to riches stories featuring poor, low-caste protagonists who realize they too must play dirty if they want to get a leg up in a corrupt […]

Half Life by Jillian Cantor

This novel based on the life of Marie Curie is one that ponders upon the question “what if.” Marie Curie, born Marya Skłodowska, was a governess back in Warsaw, Poland when she was in her early twenties. While working for the Żorawskis, a family of the landed gentry, Marie fell in love with Kazimierz, the […]

American Cheese: An Indulgent Odyssey Through the Artisan Cheese World by Joe Berkowitz

In Sri Lanka, where I’m from, our cheese horizon begins and ends with Kraft Cheese. So coming to the US was a definite upgrade for us in cheese enlightenment terms – Colby Jack and Havarti soon became our favorites, and grilled cheese a fixed menu item. Even though our cheese adventures didn’t make us venture […]

Nora: A Love Story of Nora and James Joyce by Nuala O’Connor

This is going to be a short review as I feel this is a book I’ll have to revisit in the future. I have always been keen on reading novels based on the lives of famous writers’ wives, which is why I picked this up even though I’m yet to read any of James Joyce‘s […]

The Forgotten Daughter by Joanna Goodman

I don’t know much about Canada or its history, so this book fascinated me. It’s set in Quebec in the 1990s when they were seeking independence from the rest of Canada for the second time. After the British forces defeated the French Canadians in 1763, the Quebec government switched hands. The British tolerated the Roman […]

Sapiens – A Graphic History: The Birth of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

This book will make a lovely gift for teenagers, and adults (like myself!) who have not yet read Harari’s original Sapiens. I tried reading Sapiens a while ago and gave it up after the first few chapters as it was too dense for me. So it was a treat to finally read the book that […]

Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn

Novels like Bottled Goods is the reason why historical fiction is one of my favourite genres. It’s like getting on a time machine and visiting a past I wouldn’t have even known that existed otherwise! 😀 This Women’s Prize for Fiction long-listed novel is set in Romania during the 1970s when it was under the […]

White Hot Light: Twenty-Five Years in Emergency Medicine by Frank Huyler

I’m one of those people who have to be bribed to go to the doctor (if they are going to poke and prod me, there better be a cross-stitch in it for me! 😄). I’m an ok patient – I follow doctor’s instructions, take my medicine and shots on time. Nonetheless, the sight of blood, […]

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 […]

Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom by Sylvia Plath

Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom is a short story Sylvia Plath wrote in 1952 while she was still a twenty-year-old student at Smith College. Plath wrote it for Mademoiselle magazine, but when they rejected the story, she revised it by changing its name to Marcia Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom, making it less ominous, […]

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Master was a little crazy; he had spent too many years reading books overseas, talked to himself in his office, did not always return greetings, and had too much hair. Ugwu’s aunty said this in a low voice as they walked on the path. “But he is a good man,” she added. “And as long as you work […]