“The writing is brilliant, building from a deceptively plain beginning few paragraphs to sophisticated prose that leaps off the page.”
The stories in Ha Seong-Nan’s Flowers of Mold are an acquired taste. Fortunately, taste for them can be developed awfully fast.
Cecelia Ahern’s collection of short stories titled, Roar, couldn’t be better timed.
“what is most important about this, the last of Brabcová’s gifts, what makes it deserving of a place in the most minimalist of bookshelves, is its honest, overwhelming beauty, its celebrati
“Gingerbread is a phenomenal book, haunting and dark and ravenous.”
“Vanderah ’s beautifully human story reminds us that sometimes we need to look beyond the treetops at the stars to let some light into our lives.”
“Schweblin delivers an unadulterated emotional impact—she succeeds, time and time again.
“One part coming of age tale, one part contemporary magic school, and a sizable part dark reality, Vita Nostra is a beautiful, aching, nearly debilitating fantasy that bruises, and
“Where the paintings lurk unfinished and revealing, Killing Commendatore is over-written and obtuse. Murakami has written far better books than this one.
Sabina “Bina” Tremper is a 17-year-old girl in trouble. She’s also a very troubled girl, self-sabotaging every relationship and engaging in reckless, thoughtless acts.
“an homage to Moby-Dick and a fitting continuation/conclusion of Ahab’s story.”
“a most unique interpretation of an age-old and beloved fairy tale”
“an offbeat, occasionally absurd but haunting tale of life, death, heartbreak, and ultimately, redemption . . .”
“Be careful what you wish for, because you may get it, is a very famous saying.
A good translation can make or break a book. It’s entirely possible for an exquisite novel to be perceived as lacking, inaccesible, or plain not good enough when translated into another language.
“perfect summer reading for all of us who desperately need a break from the stress and worry of today’s modern world and depend on the creative power of writers to deliver it to us.”
Haruki Murakami is an author who has never been easy to categorize.
“Rene Depestre’s masterpiece and one of the greatest examples of Haitian literature.”
“The visceral impact of Julianne Pachico’s prose . . . is enough to convince a reader that disorder is only a rock, a knock, or a gunshot away.”
Antoinette Martin is special.
“a singular voice . . .”
Julia inherits a gift from her grandmother: the ability to see through a person’s eyes when they are in the most trouble and their soul is reaching out for help, from somewhere in the future.
“. . . the literary equivalent of a bridge too far.”