Andrée A. Michaud’s Boundary (2014; 2017)

2017-11-17T17:23:26+00:00

Boundaries and borders, between countries and between stages of life: Andrée A. Michaud's Boundary darts across the dotted lines, back and forth, sedately in one moment and chillingly the next. Because the story revolves around the murders of two young women in the small community of Bondrée, questions of

Andrée A. Michaud’s Boundary (2014; 2017) 2017-11-17T17:23:26+00:00

Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures (2016)

2017-01-03T11:22:08+00:00

“There was virtually no aspect of twentieth-century defense technology that had not been touched by the hands and minds of female mathematicians.” HarperCollins, 2016 That might not come up in math class at school, but it's evident on every page of Hidden Figures. "What I wanted was for

Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures (2016) 2017-01-03T11:22:08+00:00

November 2016, In My Reading Log

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

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 Log 2016-12-01T16:53:02+00:00

Riel Nason’s The Town that Drowned (2011)

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

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+00:00

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s Harmless Like You (2016)

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

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+00:00