Book Review # 12: The Vegetarian

Author: Han Kang Translator: Deborah Smith Publisher: Hogarth Publishing Date: 2015 Number of Pages: 188 Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Asian Culture, Literary Fiction Synopsis:  Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams – invasive images of blood and brutality – torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind […]

Book Review # 9: A Little Life

Author: Hanya Yanagihara Publisher: Anchor Books Publishing Date: January 2016 Number of Pages: 816 Genre: Bildungsroman/Coming of age Synopsis: A Little Life follows four college classmates – broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition – as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success […]

Book Review # 7: The Famished Road

Author: Ben Okri Publisher: Vintage Books Publishing Date: 1992 Number of Pages: 500 pages Genre: Magical Realism Synopsis Azaro is a spirit child who is born only to live for a short while before returning to the idyllic world of his spirit companions. Now he has chosen to stay in the world of the living this is his story. Background […]

Book Review # 6: Stones from the River

Author: Ursula Hegi Publisher: Scribner Paperback Fiction Publishing Date: 1994 Number of Pages: 525 pages Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis: Trudi Montag is a Zwerg – a dwarf – short, undesirable, different, the voice of anyone who has ever tried to fit in. Eventually, she learns that being different is a secret that all humans share – from her mother who flees […]

Book Review # 3: Shalimar The Clown

Author: Salman Rushdie Publisher: Vintage Publishing Date: 2006 Number of Pages: 649 pages Genre: Mystery, Historical Synopsis Los Angeles, 1991. Maximilian Ophuls is knifed to death on the doorstep of his illegitimate daughter India, slaughtered by his Kashmiri driver, a mysterious figure who calls himself Shalimar the Clown. The dead man is a World War II […]