Thanks to Tolstoy, everybody knows that each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Maybe that’s not quite the same as saying that unhappy families make the best stories?
But one could make an argument for that, with Elizabeth Crane’s We Only Know So Much.
“At the moment, the Copeland family is a [...]
Harper Collins, 2012
Ten-year-old Judith isn’t very concerned that Armageddon is coming.
In fact, she’s not sorry that soon “nothing of this old world will be left”.
“[I]t’s good because polar bears are starving and trees are dying and if you put a plastic bag in the earth it will never go away and [...]
Not in your neighbourhood, right?
When you think about trafficking, you think of “Thai girls in shackles”, or “Russian girls held at gunpoint by the mob”, or “illegal border crossings, fake passports, and captivity”.
You don’t think of Americans trafficking Americans; that doesn’t happen to American girls.
You don’t think about eleven-year-old [...]
Harper Collins, 2011
Peggy Orenstein’s to start with. But Cinderella has consumed countless little girls, and she has not yet had her fill.
And that’s not only speaking of the Grimm Brothers version of “Cinderella”.
Though readers know there are far grimmer versions (certainly gorier, with stepsisters lopping off body parts to try to [...]
Baratunde Thurston’s book begins with a disclaimer; he announces straight-off that if you bought this book hoping to change your race, there will be no refunds.
It sounds funny when he says it. Well, humour is hard to predict, right? But I thought it was funny when he said it.
And, after all, [...]
Mary Horlock’s The Book of Lies HarperCollins, 2011
Did you know that there were Nazi concentration camps on British soil during the Second World War? I didn’t, but having read The Book of Lies, I now know.
There were four of them actually. And it’s highly appropriate that Cat be the one who told [...]
Vendela Vida’s The Lovers (2010) Harper Collins, 2011
Yvonne has travelled to Datça, Turkey twenty-eight years after she first visited it.
Her first visit was with her husband, on their honeymoon.
On her second visit, she travels there alone: her husband has died.
She used to tell people that Peter had been killed, but that [...]
S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep HarperCollins, 2011
Don’t start reading S.J. Watson’s debut novel before you go to sleep, unless you don’t mind postponing that good night’s sleep you were anticipating. It is, as the blurbs suggest, a page-turner, and you will find it difficult – if not impossible – to stop reading [...]