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A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)

Category: Fiction

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis (Goodreads): When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. 604 more words


"American Novels" (March 26, 1927)

from The Saturday Review of Literature (March 26, 1927)


Curiously enough, many of the men and women who attempt literary criticism in America are moderately responsive to experiments in poetry and implacably opposed to the slightest innovation in the medium of prose fiction. 1,274 more words

“Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” (Mark Twain)

Hey freshers! If you’re reading this, it means only one thing: you survived Fresher’s Week! Congratulations! Now get yourself dosed up on alka seltzer and down to the GUM clinic, pronto. 1,033 more words


The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

I find books exploring friendships between teenage girls fascinating to read. They shine a certain clarity on the trials and tribulations of my own teenage years, as well as bringing back memories both joyous and otherwise. 316 more words



Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)

I’d been recommended this a few years by a colleague who I don’t think read sf, but knew I did. 597 more words

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

A few years ago on holiday, I read Celeste Ng’s extraordinary literary thriller Everything I Never Told You, a powerful story centred around a Chinese-American family living in Ohio, whose teenage daughter goes missing. 534 more words


Silver Linings Playbook - Book Review

Silver Linings Playbook is a novel by Matthew Quick which has spawned a 2012 film adaption staring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. I have seen the movie a few years ago and have only read the novel recently. 240 more words

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