Tag Archives: Vintage

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I’m glad I didn’t read Station Eleven before the Covid situation (somewhat) settled down. In this eerie novel, set in a post-apocalyptic world, over 99% of the world’s population have died from a super flu variant that quickly swept through the continents, and the last remaining survivors in North America have spread across the continent, […]

The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa

Out of all the International Booker Prize shortlisted novels I’ve read, The Memory Police is one of my favorites by far! Admittedly, this had to stay in my TBR pile for a while before I got to it – I have not been in the right head-space to read a dystopian. However, when I finally […]

The Parade by Dave Eggers

It has been a few days since I read The Parade, and I’m still not sure what to make of it. In this novella, two construction workers are sent to an unnamed foreign country to finish a highway that will connect its divided Northern and Southern halves. The country has been through a decades-long civil […]

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

I couldn’t make much sense of this book! In The Water Cure, which is billed as a feminist dystopia, we have three sisters, Grace, Lia and Sky, living on an island with their parents isolated from the rest of the world. The world, according to King, their father, and their nameless mother, is a toxic […]

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

A refugee is someone who has already arrived somewhere, in a foreign land, but must wait for an indefinite time before actually, fully having arrived. Refugees wait in detention centers, shelters, or camps; in federal custody and under the gaze of armed officials. They wait in long lines for lunch, for a bed to sleep […]

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Instead of a stable truth, I choose unstable possibilities. This is my eighteenth Murakami if you can believe it! 🙂 I went through most of Murakami’s oeuvre back in 2012-2014, so it has been a while since I last devoured one of his works. After all these years, I’m still amazed at how I’ve become […]

Black Light by Kimberly King Parsons

I finished reading Kimberly King Parsons’s highly anticipated short story collection, Black Light two nights ago. Had I reviewed and rated this then, it would have probably gotten no more than three stars from me. But now that I’ve had time to reflect on its stories, I’m leaning towards upgrading it to four-stars read. Kimberly’s stories are […]

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Willa Drake has always been a passive participant in her own life – she has let others call shots for her, and watch her life pass her by. But now at the age of 61, Willa has a chance to change all that – when Willa receives a call from a total stranger giving her […]

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Warlight begins in 1945, after WWII had ended, as Nathaniel’s parents are getting ready to move across the world for work. The fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his elder sister, Rachel, aren’t invited to accompany them on this voyage – instead, they are expected to stay behind in England and continue their education under the watchful eyes […]

Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky

I saved Suite Française, the novel that revived the world’s interest in Irène Némirovsky when it was published close to six decades after her death, for last. Suite Française is the first two parts of what is considered Némirovsky’s masterpiece; a five-part novel she had in mind that would have taken the model of Beethoven’s […]

Fire in the Blood by Irène Némirovsky

Fire in the Blood‘s narrator, Silvio leads a quiet life in a small farming village in France. He had spent his youth traveling the world with his string of exotic lovers, but now he is old and lives by himself. The novella begins with a visit paid to Silvio by Helen, his distant cousin, with […]

The Fires of Autumn by Irène Némirovsky

In 1914 when WWI is declared, Bernard Jacquelain is only a young boy of seventeen. He is full of patriotism, and in the naive belief that the war would end in three months he voluntarily joins the war to fight for the honor of France. But three months turn into four years, and when Bernard […]

All Our Worldly Goods by Irène Némirovsky

All Our Worldly Goods is a story of love; love that comes in many forms. It begins with the romance between Pierre and Agnes, who were next door neighbors growing up in the provincial town of Saint-Elme in France. Their love and commitment to each other get tested very early on, as Pierre’s industrious, tyrannical […]

The Dogs and the Wolves by Irène Némirovsky

The Dogs and the Wolves is the story of two distantly related Jewish families: the Sinners. They live in a Ukranian city where the poor, ‘unsavory’ Jews lived in the ghetto while the wealthy Jews lived on top of a hill in “the realm of the blessed.” With Ada’s father working as a broker, Ada’s […]

Jezebel by Irène Némirovsky

I’m falling behind my Irène Némirovsky year-long project. I’ve been crazy busy these days (more about it later), and I couldn’t read Jezebel which was supposed to be my June read. Hopefully, I’ll have time to read another Némirovsky this month, so I can be back on track with my project! In Jezebel, we see […]