REVIEW: A Burning by Megha Majumdar

In brief: A terrorist attack on a train has wide-ranging consequences for three individuals. Who will rise and who will fall? The good: Very well written with some confronting moral dilemmas. The not-so-good: Exposes that life really isn't fair – so much depends on other things. Why I chose it: Sounded like something I would... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

In brief: When Lucie meets George in Capri, she dislikes him intensely. Until she doesn't. Years later, George reappears on the scene but Lucie is happily engaged, right? The good: Lovely to indulge in some decadence and armchair travel. The not-so-good: Cecil. I really want to smack him, but I don't think that will help…... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Spark by Naoki Matayoshi

In brief: Tokunaga is trying to make as a comedian. When he meets Kamiya, he asks Kamiya to mentor him. Over the years, Tokunaga learns from Kamiya but it's not always the lesson intended. The good: In-depth, shocking and sweet. The not-so-good: A fairly short read. Why I chose it: I love Japanese fiction. Year:... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

In brief: Desiree and Stella are twins, but after they leave home at 16 everything separates. Desiree returns home with her black daughter; Stella marries a white man and passes for white. But when their daughters meet, the truth becomes complicated. The good: Brilliantly written with memorable characters. The not-so-good: This book has given me... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami

In brief: Natsuko and her sister didn't have it easy growing up. Now she's a writer in Tokyo and Makiko is a single mother who wants breast implants. Fast forward ten years and Natsuko has some equally difficult decisions to make about life… The good: More light hearted at times than other Japanese fiction I've... Continue Reading →

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