After Birth by Elisa Albert

Review Summary A year has passed since Ari gave birth to Walker, though it went so badly awry she has trouble calling it “birth” and still she can’t locate herself in her altered universe. Amid the strange, disjointed rhythms of her days and nights and another impending winter in upstate New York, Ari is a …

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

Review Summary As you settle into the first page of The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng and his majestic prose will gently transport you into a painfully beautiful past. It’s Malaya, 1949. After studying law at Cambridge and time spent helping to prosecute Japanese war criminals, Yun Ling Teoh, herself the scarred lone survivor of …

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Get ready, cause I’m about to drop a bomb of a word to describe this novel. Are you ready? Here it goes: MASTERPIECE.   It’s hefty word, but this book deserves the moniker and all it implies. Groff’s writing style is unique and fresh, and it’s almost disturbing how much complexity she weaves into her …

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

In God Help the Children, Morrison presents us with an unapologetic and steely story about a series of intertwined characters who have, in some way, experienced or been affected by child abuse, usually of a sexual nature. But, unlike many books on that topic, the story isn’t really about child abuse. It’s about resilience and …