From April, 2018

Book Review: Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala

There is nothing wrong with you, I say into the darkness. I slump against the wall and slide to the floor. I say, Meredith, I think—I’m gay. She sides the door back and thrusts her head out from the closet. She has wrapped herself in a blanket and her hair covers her face. She says,…

Book Review: All The Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth J. Church

“When I dance—when I dance, nothing else matters. Everything else disappears. There is only dancing.” That was it. Dancing took her to another world, a world Uncle Miles could not reach. A world where her lost family was a faint shadow, not an omnipresent, weeping wound. When Lily danced, she was not a misfit. She…

Book Review: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs

“Maybe he was very sad, and none of us could see it. That can happen, but…” He frowned. “There was always more going on with Isaac that he let on. Don’t you agree, Hazel?” The Last Equation of Isaac Severy opens with the title’s namesake setting up a breakfast table for two in anticipation of…

Book Review: White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht

Hana, come home. Her sister’s voice is loud in her ears, jolting her back to the present, to the room and the solider still asleep on the floor beside her. The ceremony fades into the darkness. Desperate not to let it go, Hana squeezes her eyes shut. She has been held captive for nearly two…

Book Review: The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum

Our role is to be exactly on the border, to stand in the gray area between fate and free will, and to play Ping-Pong there. We create situations that create situations that create more situations that ultimately can create thoughts and decisions. Our objective is to light a spark on the fate side of the…

Book Review: The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

“Ruby?” I said again. “Are you there? Are you alright?” “No,” Ruby answered in that restrained voice of hers, devoid of emotion and cool as the water in the bay. “No, Aunt Angie, I am no all right.” There was another pause, and then Ruby said, “Aunt Angie, my father is dead. And my mother…