Dept. of Speculation // Jenny Offill

I read Dept. of Speculation in one sitting, absolutely unable to put down Offill’s sparkling spare prose.  If I hadn’t borrowed my copy from the library, I would have underlined basically the entire novel; Offill writes through a remarkably keen perspective.  Dept. of Speculation is the kind of novel you want to sit and clutch […]

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The Art of Fielding // Chad Harbach

Harbach made quite the splash when The Art of Fielding came out in 2011.  Big, chunky novels that follow multiple interconnected characters are my favorites, so when baseball weather (chilly, windy, damp) rolled around this year, I decided it was the perfect time to *finally* see what all the fuss was about. From the back […]

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George Saunders: April 18, 2019

As Lincoln in the Bardo is one of my new favorite novels, I was immensely pleased to hear that its author George Saunders would be making the trek to my hometown for a book talk and signing this month.  It’s not every day you get to hear a Booker Prize winner speak! Saunders began the […]

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Gingerbread // Helen Oyeyemi

The hype is REAL for Gingerbread.  I will admit I was initially drawn to it because of its gorgeous cover, which I’d seen lurking around my Instagram feed for several weeks.  Like most Riverhead publications, I was lured in with gorgeous design work, and then pleasantly surprised by the literature inside.  Wonderfully told and vividly […]

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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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