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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Swing Time // Zadie Smith

Ahhh, my first Zadie Smith novel (and my first read of 2019!).  Swing Time wasn’t my first exposure to Zadie, that was “The Waiter’s Wife” back in the spring for my British Literature class.  Yet, everyone warned me not to start with Swing Time, that it was Smith’s worst novel, that it fell flat in […]

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Asymmetry // Lisa Halliday

Asymmetry seems to be finding its way onto every year-end best-of list, including The New Yorker as well as The New York Times, among countless others.  With Asymmetry, what begins as a toxic love story transforms into a thematically-layered novel about the imbalances of our lives, from age to privilege, told with a unique structure […]

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