Book Review: Astray by Emma Donoghue

Astray - Emma Donoghue (Back Bay Books, 2012) I've loved everything I've read by Emma Donoghue so it shouldn't be surprising that I also loved this short story collection. But I really was blown away. The Wonder showed me that Donoghue excels in historical fiction but I was still so impressed by what she manages… Continue reading Book Review: Astray by Emma Donoghue

Book Review: When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O’Neill

When We Lost Our Heads - Heather O'Neill (Harper Collins Publishers, 2022) If you've read and enjoyed Heather O'Neill's novels before then chances are good you'll like her latest book, because you'll know what you're getting yourself into. While I don't know if I'd say I love O'Neill's work, I do have a lot of… Continue reading Book Review: When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O’Neill

Book Review: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Once Upon a River - Diane Setterfield (Bond Street Books, 2018) In the late 19th century, the Swan pub sits on the banks of the River Thames. It is known for its storytelling, a place where people gather to share a drink, to tell a story. One winter night, solstice, a man bursts into the… Continue reading Book Review: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Book Review: Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch - Rivka Galchen (Harper Perennial, 2021) Katharina Kepler is an eccentric older widow. She lives in a small German village in the early 1600s. She is knowledgeable about herbs and natural healing and she isn't shy about letting her feelings be known. It is perhaps inevitable in this… Continue reading Book Review: Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

Book Review: The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore

The Manningtree Witches - A. K. Blakemore (Catapult, 2021) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. In 1643 in the small English town of Manningtree, Rebecca West is a young woman of limited resources. Fatherless, living with her mother, few prospects for the future. The bright spot in… Continue reading Book Review: The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore

Book Review: The Samurai by Shusaku Endo

The Samurai - Shusaku Endo (New Directions, 2018) (translated from the Japanese by Van C. Gessel) Like Endo's other famous book, Silence, this is a slow moving and contemplative book, dealing with Christianity in 17th century Japan. Which isn't to say it's a boring book or one without much happening; it's simply a deeply thoughtful… Continue reading Book Review: The Samurai by Shusaku Endo

Book Review: The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

The Devil and the Dark Water - Stuart Turton (Harper Collins Publishers, 2020) This was a fun read. Historical fiction, mystery novel, adventure story. Most of the action takes place on board a ship called the Saardam, travelling from Batavia (modern day Indonesia) to Amsterdam in the 17th Century. The ship belongs to The Company… Continue reading Book Review: The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Book Review: Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt

Agnes, Murderess - Sarah Leavitt (Freehand, 2019) This graphic novel explores the story of Agnes McVee, an elusive story of a woman who kept a boarding house in the Cariboo and allegedly killed more than fifty people. Historical evidence for her existence in scant but a legend has grown up around the story of this… Continue reading Book Review: Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt

Book Review: The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

The Night Tiger - Yangsze Choo (Flatiron Books, 2019) The Night Tiger first come on my radar when I read FictionFan's review of it (read it here). Right away I knew it sounded like a book I'd enjoy. A bit of Chinese/South Asian history, a bit of magic realism. I'm happy to say the book… Continue reading Book Review: The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

Book Review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black has not even been available for a month but it's already showing up on all sorts of award lists for the year, including The Man Booker Prize and the Giller Prize. (Edugyan won the Giller Prize for her last novel, Half Blood Blues.) I know Esi slightly in real life, back in my Victoria days. She… Continue reading Book Review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan