Tag: London

Review of Happiness by Aminatta Forna

I knew nothing about this author or novel but, true to its title, it was a happy surprise.  This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking story of two adults who meet in London.  Attila is a trauma expert from Ghana who arrives in London for a conference and to check up on a niece who hasn’t been heard…

Review of Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

This striking book was written by Kamila Shamsie as a modern take on Sophocles’ classic Antigone.  At the same time, it’s a strong commentary on racism and anti-Muslim sentiment, and what it’s like to be a Muslim immigrant in the UK or United States today. The book begins with Isma, a London native from a Pakistani…

Dream of the Dead by M.G. Scarsbrook

I’ve been reading a lot of mysteries lately, and this was one I very much enjoyed.  I generally prefer historical mysteries to modern-day, but this one had an interesting setting (the Theater District in London) and interesting characters (a former stage actor turned detective).  It caught my attention quickly and kept it. I find it…

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

Maggie O’Farrell is one of my favorite writers, and this book may be one of her best.  It’s about a very dysfunctional family suffering through a heatwave in 1976 London.  Robert, the father, goes out one morning for a paper and doesn’t come back.  He’s recently retired, and the police don’t suspect foul play.  He’s…

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