Catherine Hernandez’s Scarborough (2017)

2017-10-24T10:54:35-05:00

To begin with, young Laura is rushed into packing her things into plastic bags. Just a few pages later, Sylvie is thrust into "double-time walking" with her mom. Either of these girls could be the "in-motion" girl on the cover of Catherine Hernandez's Scarborough. But they are only two

Catherine Hernandez’s Scarborough (2017)2017-10-24T10:54:35-05:00

Life on Mars, Again and Again

2017-07-24T15:24:28-05:00

When you've looked up a book title, have you ever been tempted by the other books you've found with the same title as the book for which you were searching? In adding Lori McNulty's debut short story collection to my online TBR list, I discovered several other books with the same

Life on Mars, Again and Again2017-07-24T15:24:28-05:00

November 2016, In My Reading Log

2016-12-01T16:53:02-05:00

In the wake of my IFOA reading list and the literary prizelists of the season, my November reading felt relatively whimsical. Without duedates attached to the majority of my reading, it was a pleasure to slip into volumes which had sat untouched in recent weeks. Each of these three volumes covers,

November 2016, In My Reading Log2016-12-01T16:53:02-05:00

Riel Nason’s The Town that Drowned (2011)

2016-11-10T10:58:28-05:00

Nothing really happens. Here, the "main event is simply a view of the water". So Ruby's story should not be a page-turner. But, in fact, The Town that Drowned is a coming-of-age story with a curious momentum. No single element is responsible: character and voice, setting and structure, all work

Riel Nason’s The Town that Drowned (2011)2016-11-10T10:58:28-05:00

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s Harmless Like You (2016)

2016-10-26T12:35:34-05:00

At the "Modern Families" roundtable at this year's IFOA, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan explained that it only felt natural to build her characters with the seemingly endless details that comprise their lives, their selves. Identity is clearly at the heart of her much-lauded debut, Harmless Like You, and a good part of

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s Harmless Like You (2016)2016-10-26T12:35:34-05:00