Tag Archives: Women’s Prize for Fiction

When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy

When I Hit You tells the story of an unnamed narrator, a writer who fell in love with a university professor and moved hundreds of miles away from home after marrying him. This man who disguised himself as a progressive individual, in fact, turned out to be a monster – paranoid, controlling, and manipulative – […]

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one. Sarah Schmidt’s debut See What I Have Done begins on August 4th in 1892 at Fall River, Massachusetts, soon after the body of Andrew Borden, a wealthy manufacturer/ entrepreneur is discovered by […]

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 […]

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

Elif Batuman’s story is about Selin (a.k.a. The Idiot), a Turkish American who begins her freshman year in Havard in 1995. Selin is a smart kid, but in Havard where everyone is intelligent, she is nothing special. She is also eighteen, which means she doesn’t have concrete plans for her future. So the story follows […]

A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert

Longlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction A Boy in Winter is set during WWII in a newly occupied small town in Ukraine. SS armies are rounding up Jews when Yankel, a young Jewish boy decides to make a run for it with Momik, his baby brother. Yankel has no clue of the trials that lie […]

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Do Not Say We Have Nothing is a book that completely surprised me! When I started to work my way through the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 shortlist, I kept Do Not Say We Have Nothing for last because the reviews I read about it were mostly negative. One of the recurring complaints by some […]

First Love by Gwendoline Riley

Neve, a writer in her mid-thirties lives in London with her husband Edwyn, an older man. Thier marriage seems to be blissful at first. They are affectionate with each other, have cute pet names! But soon Gwendoline Riley shatters any illusions we might have had about their marriage by showing us the toxic side of […]

The Dark Circle by Linda Grant

In The Dark Circle, Lenny and Miriam are twins living in London after World War II. Their father had passed away when they were young, and in this period of postwar austerity, their mother is trying her best to look out for them with their uncle Manny’s help. Manny, having lost his only son to […]

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Stay with Me follows the story of Yejide and Akin, a young Nigerian couple who have been married for four years. They are having trouble getting pregnant, and this is unfortunate for them and mostly for Yejide, as her in-laws expect her to demonstrate her worthiness by giving birth to a male offspring. When all […]

The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan

The Sport of Kings which is seemingly about horse racing is also a novel about race. It begins as a family saga and focuses on one of the wealthiest and longest running dynasties in Kentucky, the Forges. The head of the Forge family, John is a racist, misogynistic tyrant, and his only son Henry is […]

The Power by Naomi Alderman

In today’s world where men holding power positions sometimes abuse their power to oppress and subdue others, one often wonders if the world run by women would be more kind and gentle. The Power is Naomi Alderman’s exploration of such a world where patriarchal societies do not exist. The Power is a story told from […]

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

I was very excited when I first heard about the Hogarth Shakespeare project, where modern writers create novels inspired by Shakespeare’s plays. I’m a huge Margaret Atwood fan, so Hag-Seed, Atwood’s retelling of The Tempest is a book I was looking forward to reading! 🙂 (Before I received Hag-Seed, I bought the Folger Shakespeare Library […]

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Ruby Bell was a constant reminder of what could befall a woman whose shoe heels were too high. The people of Liberty Township wove her cautionary tales of the wages of sin and travel. They called her buck-crazy. Howling, half-naked mad. The fact that she had come back from New York City made this somewhat […]

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (Book vs. Movie)

We Need to Talk About Kevin is one of the darkest books I have read in awhile. Kevin, Eva and Franklin’s first-born has killed eleven people while he was in high school and now serving time at a boys correctional facility. The story, which is likely to be one of every parents’ nightmare scenarios, is told […]

The Green Road by Anne Enright

The Green Road is a story about the Madigans which spans over thirty-five years. In part one of the novel; Leaving, we get a glimpse of the lives of Madigan children (Constance, Dan, Emmet, and Hanna – children of Pat and Rosaleen Madigan) and Rosaleen, in chapters that read like short stories. There is nothing extraordinary about […]