Book Review: The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches by Gaétan Soucy

The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches - Gaétan Soucy (A List, 2016) This was such a weird book. I really don't know what to say about it. I've had it on my TBR for years, added, I think, based on somme list of classic Canadian fiction. It's a work from a Quebec… Continue reading Book Review: The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches by Gaétan Soucy

Book Review: Witches by Brenda Lozano

Witches - Brenda Lozano (Catapult, 2022) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book thanks to the publisher. All opinions are my own. It is available for sale now. Witches is told in two parallel narrations. The first is Feliciana, a woman living in rural Mexico who grows to be a curandera. We learn… Continue reading Book Review: Witches by Brenda Lozano

Book Review: The Eighth Life (for Brilka) by Nino Haratischvili

The Eighth Life - Nino Haratischvili (Scribe, 2019) It feels like a cliché to call a book like this epic but it really feels like the best way to describe this family saga. At over 900 pages, this is a book that brings to life both a family and a country. I'll admit that I… Continue reading Book Review: The Eighth Life (for Brilka) by Nino Haratischvili

Book Review: The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk

The Books of Jacob - Olga Tokarczuk (Riverhead Books, 2022) It is, I think, a testament to Olga Tokarczuk's writing that I undertook to read The Books of Jacob at all. I loved her novel Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead and she won the Nobel Prize for Literature shortly after I… Continue reading Book Review: The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk

Book Review: Bitter Orange Tree by Jokha Alharthi

Butter Orange Tree - Jokha Alharthi (Catapult, 2022) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Publication Date: 10 May 2022 Bitter Orange Tree is the follow-up novel to Jokha Alharthi's Man Book International Prize winning Celestial Bodies. While I haven't read Alharthi's previous work, I was familiar with… Continue reading Book Review: Bitter Orange Tree by Jokha Alharthi

Book Review: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This was a book that had been languishing on my shelf and my TBR for quite some time, forgotten by me. When I recently re-organized a bookshelf, I came across it and it struck me as perhaps a good book for me to read at this time. Over the past couple of years, our family… Continue reading Book Review: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Book Review: Lemon by Kwon Yeo-sun

Lemon - Kwon Yeo-sun (Other Press, 2021) I received an Advance Uncorrected Proof of this book. All opinions are my own. It is available in bookstores now. Lemon is a short book, just under 150 pages, divided into eight brief sections, moving forward through time from 2002 to 2019. These sections have different narrators though… Continue reading Book Review: Lemon by Kwon Yeo-sun

Book Review: Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge

Strange Beasts of China - Yan Ge (Melville House, 2020) (translated from the Chinese by Jeremy Tang) Our unnamed narrator lives in the city of Yong'an. It is a city where humans live side by side in a tremulous peace with various kinds of beasts. Some of these beasts are frequently present in the humans… Continue reading Book Review: Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge

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 Orange Tree by Carlos Fuentes

The Orange Tree - Carlos Fuentes (translated from the Spanish by Alfred Mac Adam) (Harper Perennial, 1994) This book consists of five semi-linked novellas. I say semi-linked because you can certainly read them individually and the connections between each are subtle. However, when read together, they flow and they really do make the best sense… Continue reading Book Review: The Orange Tree by Carlos Fuentes