Category: Literature

Sheila-Heti-Motherhood 0

Motherhood by Sheila Heti

★★★★☆ A facile description of Sheila Heti’s brilliant latest book is that Motherhood is about a female writer in her late thirties who is trying to decide whether to have a child, and what...

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018 0

My German Brother by Chico Buarque

★★★☆☆ Although not immediately aware of the transformation, Ciccio’s life changes when he finds a decades-old letter stashed between the pages of his father’s rare edition of The Golden Bough. His father, a book...

Farrar, Straus & Giroux 0

Kudos by Rachel Cusk

★★★★★ On an overnight flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv, I was seated next to a woman who was going to visit her daughter, who’d been born in the U.S. but moved to Israel as...

Mirror Shoulder Signal by Dorthe Nors 0

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors

★★★☆☆ Translated from the Danish, Dorthe Nors’ Mirror, Shoulder, Signal is a slight, anxious novel about self-improvement and self-acceptance. Centered around middle-aged Sonja’s decision to enroll in a driving school and finally get her...

First Person by Richard Flanagan 0

First Person by Richard Flanagan

★★★★☆ Novels that feature writers have become a tired trope in contemporary literature: like Chekhov’s gun, the first sign of Microsoft Office booting up in a book will invariably result in the delivery of...

Tomb Song by Julián Herbert 0

Tomb Song by Julián Herbert

★★☆☆☆ Julián Herbert’s kaleidoscopic, autobiographical novel Tomb Song is a paean to his dying mother, written in what feels like a real-time bedside scrawl. “I’ve endeavored to draw a freehand portrait of my mother,”...

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst 0

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

★★★★☆ Spanning fifty years and three generations, Alan Hollinghurst’s The Sparsholt Affair tracks a network of artistic acquaintances through high-society London. Opening in Oxford during World War II, the novel loosely revolves around David Sparsholt, an...