History of the Rain by Niall Williams

In brief: Ruth lies in her bed at the top of the house, dying. But first she needs to through her father's library to understand the family history and him. The good: The story really gets you in – Ruth is a sharp observer who knows how to spin and embellish a story. The not-so-good:... Continue Reading →

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

In brief: Paul, a dentist, is muddling along in his 5-chair practice and failed love affairs. Then someone begins to impersonate him on the internet, making Paul ask bigger questions… The good: It's well written and will encourage you to visit the dentist sooner rather than later. The not-so-good: The book took a sharp turn... Continue Reading →

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

A quick rundown… Tony receives some money and a diary from his first girlfriend's mother on her death. This prompts reminiscence through his youth and trying to understand his friend's death years ago. Strengths: Barnes is an excellent writer and the voice of Tony is particularly authentic. Weaknesses: Tony sometimes just 'doesn't get it', which... Continue Reading →

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