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
Book Review for “The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop” by Fannie Flagg. Summary: “Bud Threadgoode grew up in the bustling little railroad town of Whistle Stop, Alabama, with his mother Ruth, church going and proper, and his Aunt Idgie, the fun-loving hell-raiser. Together they ran the town's popular Whistle Stop Cafe, known far and wide … Continue reading More Fried Green Tomatoes? Yes, Please!
Sometimes authors like to get very creative, and do things that are innovative, even if they might not agree with the sensibilities of all of their readers. One of the things that I have a problem with is non-human characters narrating novels. Hence my question for this post ... Non-Human Narrators: Interesting or Annoying? Disclaimer: … Continue reading #LetsDiscuss2020 #20 – Non-Human Narrators – #DiscussionSunday.
Book Review for “The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux” by Samantha Vérant. Summary: Summary: “French-born American chef Sophie Valroux had one dream: to be part of the 1% of female chefs running a Michelin-starred restaurant. From spending summers with her grandmother, who taught her the power of cooking and food, to attending the Culinary … Continue reading Un Assez Bon Repas!
Book Review for “A House in the Country” by Ruth Adam. Summary: “Six friends have spent the dark, deprived years of World War II fantasizing – in air raid shelters and food queues – about an idyllic life in a massive country house. With the coming of peace, they seize on a seductive newspaper ad … Continue reading Living in a White Elephant.
There's something that's been bugging me for quite a while now, and I think it is time to clear the air, and I think people should understand ... What should be called Historical Fiction, and what should not... Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions. I do not expect anyone to agree with anything here, and … Continue reading #LetsDiscuss2020 #18 – Defining Historical Fiction – #DiscussionSunday.
Book Review for “Long Live the Post Horn!” by Vigdis Hjorth, translated by Charlotte Barslund. Summary (Goodreads): “Ellinor, a 35-year-old media consultant, has not been feeling herself; she's not been feeling much at all lately. Far beyond jaded, she picks through an old diary and fails to recognize the woman in its pages, seemingly as … Continue reading PR Goes Postal.
Book Review for “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman. Summary: “Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers begin slowly opening up to one another … Continue reading A Bunch of Useful Idiots.