An engrossing story, a compelling narrative voice: Three Souls is an easy book to recommend.
Because of the setting and romantic elements of the story, it’s tempting to draw comparisons with the novels of Amy Tan and Ai Mi.
Given the readability, one might think of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees and [...]
Setting Mary Swan’s novella The Deep alongside her recent novel My Ghosts, the blues in their covers are rich and varied.
The cover of one features statuary, a feminine form, opaque but graceful; the cover of the other showcases a butterfly, luminescent and fragile.
They seem to intertwine. And one could pull a pair of [...]
From Lisa Moore’s Caught:
“He would not betray the innermost thing. He didn’t know exactly what the innermost thing was, except it hadn’t been touched in four years of incarceration. Come and get me. They couldn’t get him. It fluttered in and out of view, the innermost thing, consequential and delicate.”
“There’s no backstitching in stories. Nothing can be locked in place.”
So says a character in Studio Saint-Ex, but readers of Ania Szado’s second novel might disagree; she seems to have no trouble locking a good story in place.
She began where all good stories begin, with a fascination.
In her Acknowledgments, she writes:
“To conclude [...]
In her work as a journalist, Sara Wheeler has often inhabited “borderlands of turbulence and uncertainty”, and travelled into dangerous territory.
Readers familiar with Catherine Bush’s earlier novels might recall Arcadia from Rules of Engagement, her fascination with war and violence, and the question that haunts her: “What would you be willing to risk for love?”
When the angels invaded the plotline of “Supernatural”, I stopped watching weekly.
I prefer stone rabbits and hedgehogs in my flowerbeds, over white winged statues.
And when a girlfriend told me that the child she lost at full-term is an angel now, I struggled to keep my face expressionless, silently repeating to myself how comforting it [...]
Readers familiar with Michael Winter’s fiction will immediately recognize the contrast between stark prose and emotional intensity; in the gap between, the reader resides.
For it’s not as though Henry Hayward does not feel, but it’s as though he has raised a hand to protect himself from the heat of the blaze; the reader is [...]
“The Son of A Certain Woman. You don’t have to have read Joyce to ‘get’ it. But it’s a touch more fun if you have.”
And that is because it is Wayne Johnston’s “Joyce book”.
Which one might take to mean that it’s about the Joyce family. (Primarily about Percy and his mother, Penelope, but [...]
The cover image for Anthony De Sa’s Kicking the Sky perfectly encapsulates the novel’s themes, structure, setting and tone.*
A child’s bicycle leans against a garage door, the only sign of habitation. The view of the alleyway leaves the safety of home beyond the edges of the scene.
The shadows are as predominant as the shapes [...]
Reading Hellgoing makes me wonder about Lynn Coady’s personal relationships.
Not for the obvious reasons that other readers might identify, stories like “Body Condom” and “Play the Monster Blind”.
But because I imagine that in order to write a short story, she disappears for a spell.
I imagine she crawls inside the skin of her [...]