Book Review for “Grand Union: Stories” by Zadie Smith. Summary: "Zadie Smith has established herself as one of the most iconic, critically-respected, and popular writers of her generation. In her first short story collection, she combines her power of observation and inimitable voice to mine the fraught and complex experience of life in the modern … Continue reading #ShortStorySunday – Zadie, Zadie, Writer Lady!
Book Review for “Four Minutes” by Nataliya Deleva (translated by Izidora Angel). Summary: “Giving voice to people living on the periphery in post-communist Bulgaria, Four Minutes centers around Leah, an orphan who suffered daily horrors growing up, and now struggles to integrate into society as a gay woman. She confronts her trauma by trying to … Continue reading #ShortStorySunday – Look Them in the Eye.
Book Review for “Short Dog: Cab Driver Stories from the L.A. Streets” by Dan Fante. According to the blurbs about this book: “Dan Fante lived the stories he wrote. His voice has the immediacy of a stranger of the next barstool, of a friend who lives on the edge. As he writes in Short Dog … Continue reading #ShortStorySunday – Rough Rides.
Book Review for “Gentleman's Relish: Stories” by Patrick Gale. Summary: "A son wreaks revenge through the power of cookery, a lonely wife finds short-lived solace in angling lessons from a prisoner, and an obedience lesson with a puppy leads to the discovery of a murder... From the delightfully chilling to the humorous and heart-warming, this … Continue reading Tasty Toppings.
Book Review for “Conversations with My Body: Essays on My Life as a Jewish Woman” by Elana Sztokman. Summary: “Elana Sztokman arrived in Israel in 1993 as a young religious mother wearing a long skirt and a hat covering her hair. Today, nearly 30 years later, after spending years fighting for women’s rights in Orthodoxy, … Continue reading Intimate Essays.
Book Review for “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout. Summary: “Olive Kitteridge might be described by some as a battle axe or as brilliantly pushy, by others as the kindest person they had ever met. Olive herself has always been certain that she is 100% correct about everything - although, lately, her certitude has been shaken. … Continue reading Salty Slices – #ShortStorySunday
Book Review for “Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde” by Robert Ross. Summary: This is a collection of Wilde’s prose that was originally published in 1900. The collection of over 50 short pieces (complete list below) includes essays, excerpts from his plays and novels, prose poems, and even letters from Wilde to his friend and literary … Continue reading Snippets of Genius – #ShortStorySunday
Book Review for “Fresh Complaint: Stories” by Jeffrey Eugenides. Summary: “From the bitingly reproductive antics of 'Baster' to the moving tale of a young traveler’s search for enlightenment in 'Air Mail', to the title story - the intensely topical account of a high school student whose wish to escape the strictures of her immigrant Indian … Continue reading Stories to Moan About
Book Review for “Quicksand & Passing” by Nella Larsen. Summary: “Quicksand, written in 1928, is an autobiographical novel about Helga Crane, a mixed-race woman caught between fulfilling her desires and gaining respectability in her middle-class neighborhood. Written a year later, Passing tells the story of two childhood friends, Clare and Irene, both light-skinned enough to … Continue reading In Their Own Skins.
Book Review for “To be a Man: Stories” by Nicole Krauss. Summary: “In one of her strongest works of fiction yet, Nicole Krauss plunges fearlessly into the struggle to understand what it is to be a man and what it is to be a woman, and the arising tensions that have existed from the very … Continue reading … Or a woman