The Inseparables, Tobacco Wars, I’m Still Here

2017-07-24T14:21:27-05:00

Having stories narrated by - or assembled via - a number of voices is a popular way of  world-building. Each of the following books plays with this technique, allowing different perspectives to combine and create a more credible space for readers to inhabit. Just as in Meg Wolitzer's The Position, the matriarch

The Inseparables, Tobacco Wars, I’m Still Here2017-07-24T14:21:27-05:00

Jane Hamilton’s The Excellent Lombards (2016)

2017-05-18T06:23:26-05:00

Excerpt from my reading journal: Having read all of Jane Hamilton's novels, and having waited since 2009 for another, I was pretty psyched for The Excellent Lombards. Grand Central Publishing, 2016 My favourites were The Short History of a Prince and The Book of Ruth, which I read

Jane Hamilton’s The Excellent Lombards (2016)2017-05-18T06:23:26-05:00

Jessi Klein’s You’ll Grow Out of It (2016)

2016-07-09T12:30:03-05:00

"My main career goal has been to get to go to work every day on something that I'm proud of, with a bunch of people I really like and respect, who make me laugh." Grand Central Publishing - Hachette, 2016 This is Jessi Klein, interviewed by Cosmo, for

Jessi Klein’s You’ll Grow Out of It (2016)2016-07-09T12:30:03-05:00

Gwyneth Paltrow: It’s All Easy (All Good? All a Lie?)

2016-06-30T13:30:42-05:00

From Amy Sedaris to Alicia Silverstone, celebrities have things to say about cooking and entertaining. Stanley Tucci talks Italian food and Tony Danza contributes to the conversation. Grand Central Publishing, 2016 But Gwyneth Paltrow does not appear to be passing through the territory; she's putting down some roots.

Gwyneth Paltrow: It’s All Easy (All Good? All a Lie?)2016-06-30T13:30:42-05:00

Elise Juska’s The Blessings (2014)

2014-05-28T09:44:33-05:00

As an only child, my fascination with large families in fiction stretches back to the Marches, the Moffats and the All-of-a-Kinds. More recently, Jennifer Close's The Smart One and Jami Attenberg's The Middlesteins catapulted me into chaotic family-soaked gatherings (the latter was one of my favourite reads in 2013). Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group,

Elise Juska’s The Blessings (2014)2014-05-28T09:44:33-05:00
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