The House On the Corner by Alison Woodhouse

The House On the Corner - and ooh, look who is quoted on the back cover! It’s astonishing how The House On the Corner takes us through eight years of the King family in just forty-five pages. How can a novella in flash have the feel of a saga? Each chapter adds layers to our... Continue Reading →

Weather by Jenny Offill

This is one of those deceptively slight books - it is packed with meaning. Offill writes bitesize witticisms (perfect for these tweety doom days) as we spend time with Lizzie the college librarian, a woman who feels so familiar to me, only way smarter and funnier than anyone I actually know. "I remind myself (as... Continue Reading →

A Bit of a Stretch by Chris Atkins

I’ve just read A Bit of a Stretch by Chris Atkins. A successful journalist and documentary filmmaker, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison for a tax fraud he became involved in when looking for ways to finance a project. As someone used to documenting events he kept a detailed diary about his time... Continue Reading →

A review of Three Women and Educated

I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction recently and both Three Women by Lisa Taddeo and Educated by Tara Westover are interesting. (Very different books that I’m only squishing together because I’ve been meaning to pop reviews of them up for ages.) Three Women is a book I guzzled down. This is a non-fiction exploration... Continue Reading →

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

“You’d think it wouldn't bother me now. The Burneses moved away long ago. Two years have passed.”  It’s always a pleasurable feeling to begin a novel when the writer is as sure footed and smart as Messud - a whole story lays promisingly ahead.  Julie and Cassie are unlikely best friends. (Unlikely because of their... Continue Reading →

Smile by Roddy Doyle

Doyle makes storytelling appear effortless, his prose slipping down as easily as one of the pints Victor Forde sups nightly in Donnelly’s, the pub he has decided to make his regular. At fifty-four he’s newly separated and living alone in a small apartment. The area is familiar to him from his youth, but the people... Continue Reading →

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