Book 16: Exit West by Moshin Hamid

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”

Book 15: Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

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.

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Book 14: A Separation by Katie Kitamura

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”