• The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On by Franny Choi

    The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On by Franny Choi

    “By the time the apocalypse began, the world had already ended. It ended every day for a century or two. It ended, and another ending world spun in its place.” War, historical conflicts, present crises, and apocalyptic visions, are the motifs of Franny Choi’s The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes. Some poems are […] READ MORE

  • The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

    The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

    β€œIt seemed to me that in this confluence of cultures, we had acquired one another’s superstitions without necessarily any of their comforts.” A few years back I read and was positutely grossed out by Yangsze Choo’s The Night Tiger as I found its male love interest to be both a perv & bully. Thankfully, Yangsze […] READ MORE

  • The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy

    The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy

    β€œI think a lot of people would elect to be dead if they didnt have to die.” By turns, blunt and meandering The Passenger presents its readers with an unsparing tale permeated by existential angst. Cormac McCarthy’s prose is uncompromising: much of the narrative consists of dialogues: rambling conversations, mystifying backwards and forwards, sharp repartees, […] READ MORE

  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich

    LaRose by Louise Erdrich

    β€œThey spoke in both languages. We love you, don’t cry. Sorrow eats time. Be patient. Time eats sorrow.” Unsparing yet profoundly touching LaRose chronicles the aftermath of a tragic accident: it’s 1999, when, on a reservation in North Dakota, Landreaux Iron, hunting for a deer near his property, accidentally shoots and kills Dusty, the 5-year-old […] READ MORE

  • Self-Portrait with Ghost: Short Stories by Meng Jin

    Self-Portrait with Ghost: Short Stories by Meng Jin

    Sly and surreal Self-Portrait with Ghost makes for a playfully weird and refreshingly inventive collection of short stories. Like most collections, not all of its stories are created equal, as there are a couple, especially the shorter ones last, that are rather forgettable. The most effective stories were the ones that, although characterized by a […] READ MORE

  • A Coastline Is an Immeasurable Thing: A Memoir Across Three Continents by Mary-Alice Daniel

    A Coastline Is an Immeasurable Thing: A Memoir Across Three Continents by Mary-Alice Daniel

    Drawn by its stunning title & cover, I requested an arc for A Coastline Is an Immeasurable Thing. For some reason or other I ended up neglecting to read it but at long last decided to give it a try, and I’m really glad that I did get round to it. Written with clarity and […] READ MORE