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


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

Kerri Sakamoto’s Floating City (2018)


It’s fitting that a story which includes the visionary figure of Buckminster Fuller is rooted in possibility rather than history: “It is not intended to follow the precise history of what was, but rather to imagine a story that might have been.” This note precedes the novel and sets

Kerri Sakamoto’s Floating City (2018)2019-02-11T16:07:34-05:00

Amitav Ghosh’s The Ibis Trilogy (2008; 2011; 2015)


Can you be trusted to finish a series? My track record with them is spotty, at best. But I'm working hard to improve my reputation. This year, I started and finished reading Amitav Ghosh's trilogy, each volume over 500 pages (but the page-turning sort of pages). Hopefully the other

Amitav Ghosh’s The Ibis Trilogy (2008; 2011; 2015)2018-06-20T18:00:48-05:00

The Promise Falls Trilogy


Promise Falls has a history. You might not think so, but it matters. “Are we too insignificant up here: A couple of hours away from New York? Is that what we’re foolish enough to think? Let me tell you something, my friend. You want to strike fear into the hearts

The Promise Falls Trilogy2017-01-06T11:04:07-05:00

Riel Nason’s All the Things We Leave Behind (2016)


The title of her second novel might well have been a discarded option for her debut; Riel Nason is back in familiar territory: the intersection between memory and identity, the line between mysticism and madness, and sibling bonds in a coming-of-age tale. Goose Lane, 2016 Now it is 1977

Riel Nason’s All the Things We Leave Behind (2016)2017-07-24T14:51:11-05:00