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 […]

Book Review # 56: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Book Specs Author: Susanna Clarke Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Publishing Date: 2009 Number of Pages: 1006 pages Genre: Historical, Alternate History, Fantasy, English Fiction Synopsis It is 1806, the Napoleonic Wars are raging, and most people believe magic to have long since disappeared from England – until the reclusive Mr. Norrell reveals his powers and […]

Book Review # 49: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

Book Specs Author: Nadia Hashimi Publisher: William Morrow Publishing Date: April 2017 Number of Pages: 450 pages Genre: Historical, Afghan Literature Synopsis Kabul, 2007: The Taliban rules the streets. With a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can rarely leave the house or attend school. Their only hope lies in the ancient […]

Book Review # 48: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Book Specs Author: Carson McCullers Publisher: Mariner Books Publishing Date: 2000 Number of Pages: 359 pages Genre: Bildungsroman, Psychological Fiction, Southern Gothic Synopsis Carson McCullers’ prodigious first novel was published to instant acclaim when she was just twenty-three. Set in a small town in the middle of the deep South, it is the story of […]

Book Review # 47: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler

Book Specs Author: Italo Calvino Translator: William Weaver Publisher: Hardcourt Inc. Publishing Date: March 2016 Number of Pages: 260 pages Genre: Postmodernist Fiction   Synopsis If on a winter’s night a traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a […]