A Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani

Review   Summary When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she’d fled years before. Since she left home, Sonya has lived on the run, free of any ties, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built …

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Review Summary At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers, ventures to the border of Fairyland. His goal? To discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on …

The Vagrants by Yiyun Li

Review   Summary Brilliant and illuminating, The Vagrants, Yiyun Li’s debut novel, is set in China in the late 1970s. Beijing was rocked by the Democratic Wall Movement, an anti-Communist groundswell designed to move China beyond the dark shadow of the Cultural Revolution toward a more enlightened and open society. In this powerful and beautiful story, …

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Review Summary This, my friends, is a story with potential. Who wouldn’t want to read a feminist rethinking of the “crazy wife” trope that snaps from the corners of Jane Eyre? It’s a sure ticket to a gritty, messy, ingenious exploration of the patriarchy in 18th and 19th century England. We’ll ignore the fact that we already know …

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Summary  Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, The Bluest Eye tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds …

Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje

  Review Summary Anil’s Ghost transports us to Sri Lanka, a country steeped in centuries of tradition, now forced into the late twentieth century by the ravages of civil war. Into this maelstrom steps Anil Tissera, a young woman born in Sri Lanka who returns to her homeland as a forensic anthropologist. An international human …

Best of the Bunch: June 2016

The End of June Already? Yes, it’s true. Another month has passed and it’s time to decide on the winner of the Best of the Bunch Award, hosted by A Cocoon of Books! In case you didn’t catch last month’s contest, here’s the scoop: I’ll go over the books I reviewed and select one, the Best of the …

ARC: Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi

Summary In Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt, Rashidi takes us on a winding path through the political and social climates of Cairo from the 1980s to 2014. The first section is narrated from the point of view of a child who is trying to make sense of the fear and change …

The Sunday Post (6.26)

Happy Sunday! Hello, faithful readers! I hope your Sunday morning has been wonderfully lazy. Better yet, I hope you’re hunched over a good book with a lot of good coffee. Things have been a little crazy in my world, but this morning I slept in till 7am and it was AWESOME. I missed seeing the sunrise, but …