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Eileen: Ottessa Moshfegh

“That is what I imagined life to be–one long sentence of waiting out the clock.”

Eileen, from author Ottessa Moshfegh is a novel that could described in many ways, yet I doubt if any single description would give a potential reader an accurate impression of this book. 1,257 more words


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: Jonathan Safran Foer

I was interested to read this one as I remember quite enjoying Everything is Illuminated sometime ago and I knew this one had been made into a film starring Tom Hanks. 177 more words

A Review of Vendela Vida's The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty (by Bethany)

I spent last weekend totally engrossed in this book. I don’t even remember turning the pages. Its worldview is microscopic rather than macroscopic – the plot unfolds over approximately 1-2 weeks, and we’re focused throughout on a protagonist about whom we know almost nothing – and the protagonist’s past intrudes on the present only very rarely. 1,973 more words


Gordon Lish's Cess: A Spokening (OR Books, 2015)

In contrast to Alexandra Psaropoulou’s All The Stars, which I wrote about yesterday, Gordon Lish’s book, rich in language play, employs a loquacious first person narrative in two extended notes before and after a list of select vocabulary. 598 more words


Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

A summer read that is a creepy good time.

Jeff Vandermeer’s novel Annihilation, the first part of the Southern Reach Trilogy, concerns a team of scientists sent into a quarantined region to find out as much as the can about what has happened there.   548 more words

Book Review

Sentimental Journey


After half a century a sort of sequel to the world’s sort of favorite novel has finally been published and it seems that everyone is talking about… 1,148 more words

My Review Ravi Howard's Driving the King

When Nat Weary leaps onto a stage in postwar Montgomery, Alabama, to save the life of childhood friend Nat King Cole from a vicious attack by a white man, he loses not only the chance to propose marriage that evening with Cole’s help but nearly ten years of his life to prison. 278 more words