Shadow Giller: Emma Hooper’s Our Homesick Songs (2018)

2018-10-31T12:24:36-05:00

In Short presents a 300-word and spoiler-free summary, intended to have a broad appeal; In Detail focuses on one aspect of the book which I found remarkable, which might interest those who have already read the book or those with an interest in the mechanics of writing; In Other

Shadow Giller: Emma Hooper’s Our Homesick Songs (2018)2018-10-31T12:24:36-05:00

Listening for What’s Missing: Notes and novels, pages and spaces

2016-10-06T11:00:24-05:00

"I do know that missing is a feeling," Ruby announces, in Riel Nason's debut, The Town that Drowned. Is it? It's true for Ruby, and her story is preoccupied with what is being lost, a chronological tale rooted in the moments of losing. At first glance, it seems as though Lydia Perović's All

Listening for What’s Missing: Notes and novels, pages and spaces2016-10-06T11:00:24-05:00

Bloody Summer 2016, In My Reading Log

2016-07-19T11:15:27-05:00

Massacre, killer, murder: when these words appear on a novel's first page, readers are fore-warned. And, yet, the first third of Sara Taylor's Boring Girls (2015) is a coming-of-age story. "It was becoming more and more apparent that I had been right all along. No one could truly understand me, unless they got

Bloody Summer 2016, In My Reading Log2016-07-19T11:15:27-05:00

Rhoda Rabinowitz Green’s Aspects of Nature (2016)

2016-07-16T15:29:08-05:00

This debut collection is filled with sensory detail. From brisket and chicken soup to gefilte fish and borscht. From paint-by-number clowns to lacy pillow-slips. From red-striped deck chairs to weathered shutters. Inanna Publications, 2016 Whether it's Debussy or lyrics from "Oklahoma", the details matter. But Aspects of Nature is actually preoccupied

Rhoda Rabinowitz Green’s Aspects of Nature (2016)2016-07-16T15:29:08-05:00

Young Love, Complicated Love: Where Did You Sleep Last Night

2015-07-14T10:10:17-05:00

"A man could do a lot for you, he added. I mean, like bulldozing and roofing, heavy lifting, he said. Maybe more." House of Anansi, 2015 So says a character in Lynn Crosbie's Life is about Losing Everything (2012). It might not be the kind of statement that

Young Love, Complicated Love: Where Did You Sleep Last Night2015-07-14T10:10:17-05:00