Ali Smith’s Autumn is billed as the first post-Brexit novel – a description that both sells this handsome little book short and overstates its emphasis on the political and social upheaval of 2016. Continue reading “Book 19: Autumn by Ali Smith”
Pull Me Under starts strong: the 12-year-old daughter of a famous Japanese musician stabs a classmate in the neck with a letter opener and ends up in a detention centre. When she’s finally released years later, she moves to the US and starts a new life, with a new name. Continue reading “Book 18: Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce”
Commonwealth is a book about how tiny things – an awkward, drunken kiss between strangers; a chance encounter in a bar; a bee sting – can completely change the trajectory of a person’s life. Continue reading “Book 17: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett”
A magnificent and timely little novel.
Nadia and Saeed meet as their home city – an unnamed stand-in for any number of strife-torn cities in the Middle East or South Asia today – is encircled by fanatics. They fall in love just as everything they’ve ever known begins to crumble all around them. Continue reading “Book 16: Exit West by Moshin Hamid”
Ah, it’s the sophomore slump.
John Darnielle – frontman of the folk rock band The Mountain Goats – made an impressive jump into fiction a few years ago with his debut novel, Wolf in White Van – a strange, foreboding little tale set in the world of mail-order pen-and-paper role-playing games.
Isabella travels to Greece to find her husband, Christopher, who may or may not have gone missing while researching his next book. But what their concerned family and friends don’t know is Isabella and Christopher actually separated six months earlier but agreed to keep it secret. Continue reading “Book 14: A Separation by Katie Kitamura”