Read Jean Frazier Kwong’s Pizza Girl, and couldn’t help but finish, although it’s my weakness to stop short of Chekhov’s gun. This is the type of book you write at the beginning of your MFA, but not the end. I mean this in the best possible way.
Fell into the fever dream that is Donna Tartt’s masterpiece–be still, my heart.
The Last of Us first came out in 2013 for the PlayStation 3. To me at the time, it was one of those rare videogames with an actual story to tell. It transcended the pulpy irreverence that is typical with the platform and instead, gave its characters and their narrative some weight. I was most…
A word on Steinbeck: I love him (much more than Hemingway). I know the two aren’t to be had in conversation together, but I’m doing it anyway–all white male authors are in conversation, imo. There is something about Steinbeck that isn’t minimal, but perfect.
I heard so much about this book through the grapevine, I even read a chapter of it when I was an MFA for class. First, let me say that Elizabeth Strout is insanely good at writing: best examples include Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys, imo).
In Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea, Sarah Pinsker proves her worth in salt as a human dictionary. In this short story collection, published by Small Beer Press (who are also the lovely owners of my favorite local bookstore, Book Moon), Pinsker made me take a hard look in the mirror. I had…
Ann Patchett does it again. Other Patchett books I’ve enjoyed: Bel Canto and the Dutch House. I always read Patchett in conversation with Elizabeth Strout, whose Burgess Boys was what attracted me to reading more books that were literary thrillers (if you can call this book that).
On Lighthouses by Jazmina Barrera: A meditative exploration of using metaphor to describe a private interior self, by way of lighthouses.
Quite possibly one of the best books I have ever read, and I don’t take that lightly. Geek Love, a masterpiece by Katherine Dunn, is dark, disturbing, perfectly dystopian. Dunn’s novel surrounds the dynamic of a fiercely competitive family who love each other so much it’s destined to come to a violent end.
I read this book in Dublin, when I was terribly lonely and missing my son like crazy. I read it on the train. I read it on daily walks to the Muji store (actually, I found it at a bookshop next to it). Sally Rooney’s voice makes you feel implicit: what an incredible young writer.…