Tag Archives: Riverhead Books

We Do What We Do in the Dark by Michelle Hart

We Do What We Do in the Dark, a bit reminiscent of Elif Batuman’s The Idiot, is a coming-of-age story where the main focus is on a lesbian love affair. Mallory is in her first year of college when she falls hard for one of the professors at her university, who is almost twice her […]

Tin Camp Road by Ellen Airgood

I’ve called Michigan home for the last six years and fallen in love with this place so much that every time I read a novel set in Michigan, it tingles my heart! Tin Camp Road, set in the Michigan upper peninsula, is no different. Ellen Airgood is a Michigander, so this novel is partly a […]

The Performance by Claire Thomas

The Performance follows three women – Margot, a professor; Ivy, a philanthropist; and Summer, a theater usher – as they watch Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days. There’s a wildfire ravaging in the nearby hills, so this performance would have been a reprieve to most in attendance, sheltering them from the heat and the destruction for a […]

Memorial by Bryan Washington

In this slice-of-life novel, Benson, a Black daycare teacher, and Mike, a Japanese American chef working at a Mexican restaurant, are a gay couple living in Houston. They have been together for about four years now, but their relationship, as of late, seems like it’s closing in on its ending. Mike still cooks for Benson […]

Intimacies by Katie Kitamura

This is an odd little book! The unnamed protagonist in Intimacies has recently moved to The Hague from New York after her father’s passing and her mother’s return to Singapore. The narrator has been a cosmopolitan all her life, living all around the world, but it has also left her somewhat adrift. Now she wants […]

No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

I finished The Vanishing Half a few weeks back for book club (my first five stars read in 2021 – I absolutely recommend it!), so No One Is Talking About This is the second book I read from the Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist this year. Writing-wise, Patricia Lockwood’s debut novel wasn’t my cup of […]

My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee

When I picked this up, I honestly thought this would be an upbeat book filled with carefree adventures of a college kid’s semester off in Asia – a sort of an antidote to our Covid-19 housebound lives. There is an adventure in this alright, but not the kind I would have imagined even in my […]

Hades, Argentina by Daniel Loedel

In Hades, Argentina, Thomas Shore is returning to Argentina in 1986 for the first time after he fled the country a decade earlier. He has received a call from Pichuca, the ailing mother of Isabel, Thomas’s first love. Pichuca is in her deathbed, and in her delusions, “over an increasingly scratchy line,” she raises the […]

Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Daughter of Black Lake is a dual narrative story set in Britannia during Roman emperor Nero’s rule. Devout and Hobble, mother and daughter, are two bog-dwellers and their alternative perspectives look at the past and the present-day of their secluded settlement. With Roman advancements since emperor Julius Caesar’s time, the bog dwellers have lived in […]

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Home Fire is written by Kamila Shamsie who is no stranger to the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She has been shortlisted for the prize twice in the past, and her latest novel which is among the longlisted books this year is very appropriate for the times we live in. Shamsie’s novel, which is a modern […]