• In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri against a wooden backdrop with a pile of books/journals in upper left corner.
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    In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri (Review)

    “A new language is almost a new life, grammar and syntax recast you, you slip into another logic and another sensibility.”—Domenico Starnone Do you find this to be true? I’m fluent in Marathi and English, conversational in Hindi, and have been learning German and Spanish where I have different levels of comprehension and speaking skills. I worked in Spain for 9 months and have spent enough time in Germany during visits to know what it means to immerse yourself in a foreign language and sometimes even start dreaming or thinking in snatches of that language – and I do find…

  • More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn
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    More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn (author interview and blog tour sneak peek)

    Last spring, I received a bunch of upcoming releases from Wednesday Books. The cover of You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn caught my eye even before I picked it up and read the blurb. It had this “feel” of summer and, as I read the description of this YA contemporary about two country musicians, a vibe that just matched. When I did read it, a few months on, it was exactly what I needed – a layered, complicated but ultimately feel-good story with music as a bonus. You can read my review of it here. I was thrilled when I…

  • Bindlestiff by Wayne Holloway
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    Bindlestiff by Wayne Holloway (Review)

    A crumpled boot, a worn-down heel, a sole with a hole where the sun pours through when Frank holds it up for inspection. It is with this rather ordinary image that Wayne Holloway begins Bindlestiff. Frank proceeds to fix the hole with a knife, some rubber, and glue. The only piece of almost throwaway information that clues us in to this being anything but ordinary is the date. 2036. Frank is Marine Corp vet Frank Dubois, a forty-something black man journeying from Los Angeles to Detroit seeking redemption, and 2036 is a derailed, dystopian version of the future of the…

  • With Child by Andy Martin
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    With Child by Andy Martin (Review)

    Yesterday, about half an hour after I read the last line of With Child by Andy Martin–Lee Child saying, ‘I’m with Kakfa – the meaning of life is that it ends.’–I sat down to write a piece about Wayne Holloway’s debut novel, Bindlestiff. My mind still swirling with the world I had been immersed in over the past week with its discussions about crime and ‘crime’, about writing practices and the truth of fiction, about the death of the author, metaphorical or otherwise, dying (there was an almost morbid preoccupation with this, if I’m being honest)…and, well, reading all the…

  • The Muse of Nightmares - Laini Taylor
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    The Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (Review)

    The Muse of Nightmares picks up right where Strange the Dreamer ended on a cliffhanger. The first few chapters have this frenetic energy that sucks you in and it’s great to be already invested in these characters. But, then there is the introduction of two new characters in a parallel narrative which was initially confusing and took time away from the main narrative. I started to settle into it a little when that storyline abruptly (seemingly) fizzled out. By the time the two storylines intersected in the final 150 pages, I was past caring. Here is why: The genre inexplicably…

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