The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

Review   Summary Set in modern-day India, it is the story of two compelling and achingly real women: Sera Dubash, an upper-middle-class Parsi housewife whose opulent surroundings hide the shame and disappointment of her abusive marriage, and Bhima, a stoic illiterate hardened by a life of despair and loss, who has worked in the Dubash …

ARC: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Review Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was sent to the library where I worked, and I took it home for review. This review was not requested by the publisher. Summary Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, …

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Review   Summary Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when …

ARC: The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

Review Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Summary Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into …

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Review   Summary In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to …

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 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 …

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 …

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

My Review Summary In Love Medicine, Erdrich introduces us to the Kashpaws and the Lamartines, two families living on a Chippewa reservation in North Dakota. This multigenerational tale explores the complexities of life, loss, and love among the members of these families. Erdirch weaves a story of both historical and emotional depth, and as readers are taken from the 1930s …

Thursday Quotables: The Bluest Eye

Yesterday I picked up the next book on my TBR shelf for July, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, expecting an exceptional book. Somehow, beyond comprehension, I found something so much more, something that rattled and changed me in the deepest depths within me. I won’t say much more about it now, because you’ll read it …