Book Review # 67: The Glass Palace

Book Specs Author: Amitav Ghosh Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Publishing Date: 2001 Number of Pages: 547 pages Genre: Historical, Romance Synopsis An extraordinary epic, THE GLASS PALACE is a masterful novel of love, war and family and presents us with a band of memorable characters, spread across Burma, Malaya and India, and across three generations […]

Book Review # 66: A Monster Calls

Book Specs Author: Patrick Ness Publisher: Candlewick Press Publishing Date: 2013 Number of Pages: 205 pages Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Children’s Literature Synopsis The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting, the one from the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her […]

Book Review # 63: Thirteen Reasons Why

Book Specs Author: Jay Asher Publisher: Razorbill Publishing Date: 2007 Number of Pages: 288 Genre: Young Adult Fiction Synopsis “You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret…… is to press play. Clay Jensen doesn’t want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is […]

Book Review # 62: The New York Trilogy

Book Specs Author: Paul Auster Publisher: Penguin Books Publishing Date: 1990 Number of Pages: 371 Genre: Short Stories, Detective Fiction, Postmodern, Mystery Fiction Synopsis “CITY OF GLASS As a result of a strange phone call in the middle of the night, Quinn, a writer of detective stories, becomes enmeshed in a case ore puzzling than […]

Book Review # 61: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Book Specs Author: Betty Smith Publisher: Perennial Classics Publishing Date: 1998 Number of Pages: 483 pages Genre: Bildungsroman, Autobiographical Synopsis The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, […]

Book Review # 59: The Boat People

Book Specs Author: Sharon Bala Publisher: Doubleday Publishing Date: 2018 Number of Pages: 332 Genre: Asian Fiction, Political Fiction Synopsis When the rusty cargo ship carrying five hundred refugees from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war reaches Vancouver Island’s shores, Mahindan thinks he and his six-year-old son. Sellian, can finally start a new life. Instead, Sellian is […]

Book Review # 58: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Book Specs Author: Haruki Murakami Translator: Alfred Birnbaum Publisher: Vintage International Publishing Date: March 1993 Number of Pages: 400 pages Genre: Magical Realism, Scientific Fiction, Fantasy Synopsis Hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is Haruki Murakami’s deep dive into the very nature of consciousness. Across two parallel narratives, Murakami […]