Category Archives: Prize Winner

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The narrator of The Sellout had a peculiar childhood. Raised by his father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject of some racially charged and controversial studies. He always believed, that the pioneering work that his father was … Continue reading

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Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie

Vinnie Milner is looking forward to her research trip to England. At 50 she is a professor at a prestigious university on the East Coast and a leading authority on children’s nursery rhymes, a rather esoteric subject not highly regarded … Continue reading

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

In an unnamed country in the midst of civil unrest, two young people meet. Fiercely independent, modern and sensual, Nadia, and gentle, protective and reserved, Saeed.  Two people who are drawn to each other by the very things that are … Continue reading

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Less by Andrew Greer

In the midst of all the wedding preparations and the onslaught of family descending, I still tried to sneak in time for reading.  It takes a pretty interesting book to stand up to that kind of competition but Less by … Continue reading

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

When Colson Whitehead’s book, The Underground Railroad won the Pulitzer I was intrigued. I bought the book and then it just sat in my Kindle queue for a long while.  I could say that I was busy, or other books … Continue reading

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Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

In post-apocalyptic Africa, a pregnant woman wanders the desert hoping to die. Instead she lives and learns to survive even though the baby she carries was created out of rape. When the baby arrives, the mother, sensing something special, names … Continue reading

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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

A finalist for the National Book Award, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is a haunting and moving four generational saga of a Korean family who flees what is now North Korea to live in Japan.  Spanning more than eighty years … Continue reading

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