Book Review: The Girls by Emma Cline

I did not believe anything bad could happen, not really. Growing from girl to woman is a struggle that transcends time. Emma Cline explores the peaks and valleys of this transition in her insightful debut novel The Girls. I'd enacted some pattern, been defined, neatly, as a girl, providing a known value. There was something … Continue reading Book Review: The Girls by Emma Cline

Book Review: The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

A young woman with a broken bicycle. The man she might, so easily, have missed: cycling past, not stopping, carrying with him a whole life, a life that might never have been hers to share. The Versions of Us follows Eva and Jim through three potential lifetimes and examines how the choices we make ultimately … Continue reading Book Review: The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

Book Review: Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

  "We're going on an awfully big adventure." Death. Death is an awfully big adventure. But not this time. Not this adventure. The greatest adventure, our adventure, is the fight to live. Lily and the Octopus is a story of man's best friend becoming one man's nearly only friend, the turmoil of loss and the … Continue reading Book Review: Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Book Review: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

How much has changed on the romantic front since Jane Austen first published Pride and Prejudice? Curtis Sittenfeld attemps to show us in her modern retelling Eligible. We meet the Bennett family at their dilapidated estate in Cincinnati, Ohio where three of the five unmarried Bennet sisters still reside. Kitty and Lydia are young, carefree … Continue reading Book Review: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Book Review: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

"Arthur explained about the bracelet and how he was tracing the story behind the charms, so he could learn more about Miriam before they met. "I am learning more about myself, too," he admitted. "With each person I encounter, with each story I hear, I feel as if I am changing and growing. And maybe … Continue reading Book Review: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Book Review: Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

"No one's capacity was infinite." Imagine Me Gone follows a family through the trenchs of mental illness. "Against the monster, I've always wanted meaning. Not for its own sake, because in the usual course of things, who needs the self-consciousness of it? Let meaning be immanent, noted in passing, if at all. But that won't … Continue reading Book Review: Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

Book Review: Zero K by Don DeLillo

"Do we see ourselves living outside time, outside history?" Cerebral, pensive and deeply philosophical Zero K examines our struggle with time and mortality. We meet three characters- Ross, the father, Artis the second wife and Jeffery, the son. Ross and Artis have joined the Convergence-  a group of people attempted to break the chains of … Continue reading Book Review: Zero K by Don DeLillo