Tag Archives: Picador

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Rachel Khong’s debut novel Goodbye, Vitamin tells the story of the thirty-year-old Ruth who is back at her parents’ home after avoiding them for ages. Ruth’s father, a well-known history professor, is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and upon her mother’s request, Ruth decides to stay with them for a year to help take care of her […]

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

It’s New Year’s Eve in 1984 when we first meet the heroine of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, the novel’s namesake. Lillian is eighty-five at the time, but not even the Subway Vigilante can keep her from taking evening strolls in her beloved city of Manhattan. So clad in a mink coat, Lillian hits the […]

The Sea by John Banville

The Sea is a book that genuinely daunted me! Oh boy! I thought I write long sentences! But no,¬†John Banville writes LONGER sentences! He uses gazillion commas and, at one point I swear it made my head spin! ūüėÄ Here is an¬†excerpt to give you a taste: Speaking of the television room, I realize suddenly, […]

In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul

In a Free State is set in a¬†post-independence unnamed African country, governed by¬†a king and a president who belong to two different tribes. At the beginning of the novel, the king who was once¬†supported by the colonials is on the run for his life,¬†as the president with his many allies, including the army, has overthrown […]