Outline // Rachel Cusk

Outline took a hot minute to get into, but once I was in, I was hooked.  Unfortunately, I felt like I finally started to “get” it just in time for it to end, around the halfway point.  The second chunk went down much easier than the first; Outline is one of those novels where you […]

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Golden Child // Claire Adam

Golden Child is a powerful, tender, and very human story; it is one of the most emotionally-stirring novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.  A meditation on time and place, Golden Child follows a family in 1980s Trinidad: Clyde, Joy, and their twin sons, Peter and Paul.  When the unbelievable happens, a father must […]

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Marlena // Julie Buntin

Julie Buntin’s Marlena was a nice surprise, far different from what I was expecting.  Unlike the bright coral of its cover, Buntin’s debut is a rather dark story, a heartbreaking commentary on drug addiction and the opioid epidemic illustrated by two teenage girls: inexperienced fifteen year-old Cat and her partner-in-crime, the illustrious Marlena, Cat’s seventeen […]

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Eileen // Ottessa Moshfegh

After My Year of Rest and Relaxation became one of my favorite reads of 2018, I was eager to pick up Eileen, Moshfegh’s debut novel, one that earned her an immense amount of praise and a spot on the Booker shortlist.  Though in the end I would say I prefer My Year of Rest and […]

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Motherhood // Sheila Heti

“How can we know how it will go for us, us ambivalent women of thirty-seven?  On the one hand, the joy of children.  On the other hand, the misery of them.  On the one hand, the freedom of not having children.  On the other hand, the loss of never having had them- but what is […]

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Home Fire // Kamila Shamsie

Home Fire has been praised and recognized by so many before me- including two of my favorite literary awards, the Women’s Prize for Fiction (2018 winner) and the Man Booker Prize (2017 longlist).  A retelling of Antigone, Home Fire is Greek tragedy retold for the modern age.  Given that my recollection of Antigone is extremely […]

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Less // Andrew Sean Greer

I think it’s pretty safe to say that Less shocked everyone when it won last year’s Pulitzer.  The Pull-it-sir winner heard ’round the world… is a comedic break-up novel about a middle-aged gay man who travels the world Jules-Verne-style?  You betcha!! From the back cover: You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty.  A […]

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