Solar Bones by Mike McCormack – Book Review

Title: Solar Bones Author: Mike McCormack Genre: Literary Fiction, Irish Writers ***************disclaimer*************** This book has a very revealing blurb that the author Mike McCormack has deemed to be acceptable and contains information about the plot that he, in fact, wishes the reader to know. In my review I will discuss this blurb in correspondence with … Continue reading Solar Bones by Mike McCormack – Book Review

Tomorrow I Become a Woman by Aiwanose Odafen – Book Review

Title: Tomorrow I Become a Woman (eARC) Author: Aiwanose Odafen Genre: Literary Fiction Blurb from NetGalley What can I do?’ she asked. You can fight, I thought, you can fight for your daughters. But then again, who was I to speak of such things When Gozie and Obianuju meet in August 1978, it is nothing … Continue reading Tomorrow I Become a Woman by Aiwanose Odafen – Book Review

The Magician by Colm Tóibín – Book Review

Book Title: The Magician (eARC, owned Hardback) Author: Colm Tóibín Genre: Literary fiction, Fictionalised Biography Blurb from Goodreads From one of our greatest living writers comes a sweeping novel of unrequited love and exile, war and family. The Magician tells the story of Thomas Mann, whose life was filled with great acclaim and contradiction. He would … Continue reading The Magician by Colm Tóibín – Book Review

Here Again Now by Okechukwu Nzelu – Book Review

Book Title: Here Again Now (eARC copy) Author: Okechukwu Nzelu Genre: Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Character Driven Blurb from Goodreads From award-winning author Okechukwu Nzelu comes a spellbinding literary novel that asks, how do you move forward when the past keeps pulling you back? Achike Okoro feels like his life is coming together at last. … Continue reading Here Again Now by Okechukwu Nzelu – Book Review

The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna – Book Review

Book Title: The Memory of Love Author: Aminatta Forna Genre: Literary Fiction, War, Cultural - Sierra Leone (Western Africa), Shortlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction 2011 Blurb from Goodreads Adrian Lockheart is a psychologist escaping his life in England. Arriving in Freetown in the wake of civil war, he struggles with the intensity of the … Continue reading The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna – Book Review

I’m Waiting For You by Kim Bo-Young – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Two worlds, four stories, infinite possibilities  One of South Korea’s most treasured writers explores the driving forces of humanity—love, hope, creation, destruction, and the very meaning of existence—in two pairs of thematically interconnected stories.In “I’m Waiting for You” and “On My Way,” an engaged couple coordinate their separate missions to distant corners … Continue reading I’m Waiting For You by Kim Bo-Young – eARC Book Review

How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads "We should have known the end was near." So begins Imbolo Mbue’s powerful second novel, How Beautiful We Were. Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, it tells the story of a people living in fear amidst environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company. Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children … Continue reading How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue – eARC Book Review

The Thing Around Your Neck (and other short stories) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Book Review

In this post I am reviewing Adichie’s short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck and also other short stories written by her that I have read online. The Thing Around Your Neck Blurb from Goodreads The stories in this collection from Orange-Prize winner Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie straddle the cultures of Nigeria and the West. … Continue reading The Thing Around Your Neck (and other short stories) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Book Review

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Hiram Walker is born into bondage on a Virginia plantation. But he is also born gifted with a mysterious power that he won't discover until he is almost a man, when he risks everything for a chance to escape. One fateful decision will carry him away from his makeshift plantation family - … Continue reading The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates – eARC Book Review

The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads In some territories this book is being published under the title 'A Girl is a Body of Water' A powerful feminist rendition of Ugandan origin tales, The First Woman tells the story of Kirabo, the equivalent of Eve in Ugandan mythology. Smart, headstrong, and flawed, Kirabo is raised by doting grandparents in … Continue reading The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi – eARC Book Review

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads A misfit man finds a misfit dog. Ray, aged fifty-seven, ‘too old for starting over, too young for giving up’, and One Eye, a vicious little bugger, smaller than expected, a good ratter. Both are accustomed to being alone, unloved, outcast – but they quickly find in each other a strange companionship … Continue reading Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume – Book Review

The Life of a Banana by P.P. Wong – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Xing Li is what some Chinese people call a banana - yellow on the outside and white on the inside. Although born and raised in London, she never feels like she fits in. When her mother dies, she moves with her older brother to live with venomous Grandma, strange Uncle Ho and … Continue reading The Life of a Banana by P.P. Wong – eARC Book Review