Tagged Loss

Book Review: The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

“Sometimes it is impossible to move forward without understanding what happened.” Conrad. “What did happen?” Audrey says. I keep my eyes on the table, but I still feel his eyes on me. I wish you were seated where Conrad is. I wish I couldn’t smell him—heady and dense—or find his foot under the table, so…

Book Review: Tin Man by Sarah Winman

In the front bedroom, propped up among the books, is a color photograph of three people, a woman and two men. They are tightly framed, their arms around one another, and the world beyond is out of focus, and the world on either side excluded. They look happy, they really do. Not just because they…

Book Review: Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge

The marble is inscribed with a name they don’t recognize- it sounds French, but they’ve seen it before. And as if that weren’t enough, the flowers the man left behind are not flowers at all. Instead, resting atop the grass and loam and dried husks of chestnuts is something bizarre, something out of place, something…

Book Review: The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

“The bees are dying, Dad. We’re the only ones who can do anything about it.” Oscillating between three narratives set in three different time periods, The History of Bees by Maja Lunde highlights the unparalleled importance of bees and what happens to humanity as they begin to disappear and eventually vanish. When I came to…

Book Review: All Is Beauty Now by Sarah Faber

These must be games the mind plays on anyone who’s ever lost someone, truly lost them. Never seen the proof of her body lowered into the ground, never seen her lie still as she is covered with dirt.  Maybe she ran away, maybe she has amnesia, maybe she was stolen. Maybe. The refuge of every mother of a…

Book Review: Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

The next morning, the head ranger came in and offered Olive a box of doughnuts as if sugar might cushion the blow, and Jonathan got to watch his daughter’s face collapse inward as this weather-battered man uttered the words We’re calling off the search. The understanding hit him like a fist in the gut a…