Tag: debut novel

Review: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

You’ll have heard of this book because of the awards it won in 2020, including the Booker Prize.  This story of a young boy growing up with an alcoholic mother in 1980s Glasgow is worth the read.  It’s dark, but once I finished it,… Continue Reading “Review: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart”

Review: The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

I loved this book, set in 18th century England, about a lonely merchant who comes upon a mermaid that changes his life.  Gowar’s debut novel is one of those rare books you can’t possibly categorize – is it historical fiction, fantasy, romance, or just… Continue Reading “Review: The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar”

Review: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This is a book that’s gotten a ton of praise, and has been described as Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day.  As a murder mystery, it’s great fun, playing on the great murder mystery tropes: a group of wealthy, bored socialites in a dark and… Continue Reading “Review: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton”

Review: What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan

I really enjoyed Lucy Tan’s debut novel about a family living in modern-day Shanghai.  Wei, Lina and their teenage daughter Karen are a wealthy family  living in a luxurious “serviced” apartment, that have recently moved from America to Shanghai. The story is told from their… Continue Reading “Review: What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan”

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

I picked up this book from NetGalley because I loved Ritter in Jessica Jones.  I know that acting and writing are completely different, but I feel like she must have brought a lot of herself to the role, so I was curious about her… Continue Reading “Bonfire by Krysten Ritter”

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

I recommend this short but moving first novel by Rachel Khong about a woman caring for her father with Alzheimer’s.  This is a prospect I find absolutely terrifying, whether for my parents and for myself.  It seems to me that almost any physical ailment… Continue Reading “Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong”

Girl at War by Sara Novic

Like The Unquiet Dead, it’s hard to adequately review a book about a really serious historical subject like the massacres in Croatia. But I’ll do my best. What I appreciated most about this book was its readability, and how real it felt. I imagine… Continue Reading “Girl at War by Sara Novic”

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

This turned out to be a difficult book to review, because it was so amazing.  I think it won’t be for everyone, but it’s one of my favorite books of the year, easy. Thanks first to Giraffe Days and publisher Hogarth, New York for… Continue Reading “The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan”

Tomorrow there will be Apricots by Jessica Soffer

I don’t remember what made me pick up this book.  For whatever reason, I requested a free copy on NetGalley and once I had one, I felt obligated to read it.  And I’m glad I did. If you don’t know this about me, I… Continue Reading “Tomorrow there will be Apricots by Jessica Soffer”

An Interview with Katie O’Rourke, author of Monsoon Season

I wanted to hear from Katie O’Rourke about how she came to write her first novel, Monsoon Season.  Her book is a really different, layered look at a young relationship, one that feels very emotionally “real”.  Below is a brief interview. How did you… Continue Reading “An Interview with Katie O’Rourke, author of Monsoon Season”

Review of Monsoon Season by Katie O’Rourke

Monsoon Season is O’Rourke’s first novel, and at times it feels that way.  But she’s also done something pretty impressive in this portrayal of a young relationship with some serious problems.  It’s a simple story, but thankfully this book is anything but simple. Monsoon… Continue Reading “Review of Monsoon Season by Katie O’Rourke”

Review of The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

There’s been a lot of hype around this book, considering it’s not even out until August 20.  I’ve heard Shannon referred to as “the next J.K. Rowling” and the book as “the next Hunger Games.”  I can’t say that either of those are even… Continue Reading “Review of The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon”

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