Category Archives: Literary Fiction

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The classic tales of Greek heros and gods have always intrigued me. What was their purpose in telling these stories? What were they trying to explain? The complicated relationships between the gods and humans and the un-godlike behavior and emotions … Continue reading

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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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Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje was in the news recently for winning the Golden Man Booker Award for  The English Patient (1992) which I loved. This got me curious about his new book, Warlight, and I was vividly reminded again of the power … 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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