Book Review: The Rain Watcher by Tatiana De Rosnay

I tell the story now, once, so that I don't have to tell it again. I'm not good with words, whether they are spoken or penned. When I'm finished, I will hide this. Somewhere it won't be found. No one knows. No one will. I've never told it. I will write it and not show … Continue reading Book Review: The Rain Watcher by Tatiana De Rosnay

Book Review: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

On the back there's a date stamp of when the photo was printed-and because when I count back nine months it falls exactly on the month my family and I fled from Columbia and arrived in L.A., I turn back photograph to look intently at the baby, to register every wrinkle and bulge around the … Continue reading Book Review: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Book Review: The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

Love is inexact, Henry said. It is not a science. It is barely a noun. It means one thing to one person, and one thing to another. It means one thing to one person at one point and then something else at another point. It doesn't make sense. We are gathered here today to not … Continue reading Book Review: The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

Book Review: What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine

In the wood, the years pass like hours, the hours like centuries. Rabbit kits born at the start of long-lost springs maintain their downy ears, pinched noses. Young deer wobble for decades on matchstick legs, baby hedgehogs who have shed first sets of quill do not, for all their effort, grow into the next set. … Continue reading Book Review: What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine

Book Review: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Your twenties were a time when you still felt young, but the groundwork was being laid in a serious way, crisscrossing beneath the surfaces. It was being laid even while you slept. What you did, where you lived, who you loved, all of it was like pieces of track being out down in the middle … Continue reading Book Review: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

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, … Continue reading Book Review: Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala

Book Review: Green by Sam Graham-Felsen

With all the humor and awkwardness expected of a coming-of-age novel, Sam Graham-Felsen writes about the parlous nature of life's important lessons in his debut novel, Green. Set in the years following the L.A. riots which led to some of America's most harrowing racial conflict, this story illuminates the fragility of adolescent friendship when race, … Continue reading Book Review: Green by Sam Graham-Felsen