Glitter and Tarnish

Book Review of "The Golden House" by Salman Rushdie. To preface this review, I have to begin by somewhat taking umbrage with the following parts of the publisher's synopsis of this book (which appeared just like this in the "Read it Forward" newsletter): "On the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign … Continue reading Glitter and Tarnish

Finding Direction

Book Review of "Noah's Compass" by Anne Tyler. At only the age of 61, Liam is suddenly unemployed, but that's not worrying him. He didn't really love the job, anyway. It was just something he fell into; there there aren't many positions for someone with a degree in philosophy. No, he won't miss teaching history … Continue reading Finding Direction

A Gathering of Stories

Book Review of "November Storm: A Collection of Short Stories" by Robert Oldshue. The Iowa University Press describes this Iowa Short Fiction award winner of 2016, as follows: In each of the stories in Robert Oldshue’s debut collection, the characters want to be decent but find that hard to define. In the first story, an … Continue reading A Gathering of Stories

Plowing Through the Family Problems

Book Review of "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian" by Marina Lewycka. Nicolai is an 86-year-old immigrant from the Ukraine, living in Peterborough, England, who has been a widower for about two years. The loss of his wife was a blow to him, but he has begun coping. One way is by writing his … Continue reading Plowing Through the Family Problems

Presto, a Perfect Book!

Book Review of "The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox" by Maggie O'Farrell. The mental institution that housed Euphemia Esme Lennox since she was 16 is closing down. After over 60 years being there, Esme has almost no relatives who could help. The one person they find is her great-niece, Iris Lockheart. The problem is that … Continue reading Presto, a Perfect Book!