Category: First Novels

Review: Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Law by Michelle Granas

I was interested in this book for two reasons.  First, it’s sort of a historical/political novel about modern-day Poland.  I’m a quarter Polish, and visited Poland for the first time two years ago, and loved it.  We were fascinated by the country’s rich history and modern-day politics. But secondly, as I started reading the book,…

Review of Descent by C.H. Zhu

C.H. Zhu’s first novel, Descent, is a story about a young man from China who struggles with his sexual identity and the weight of his parents’ expectations.  While Dr. Wu Rong has built a successful career as a scientist, he cannot come to terms with the fact that he’s gay, and what that will mean…