Historical Fiction

Against the Loveless World

This is the 8th book from the Aspen Words Literary Prize 2021 longlist that I have read (halfway through the list!)…and I am pretty sure it’s going to make it onto my shortlist prediction. Because holy *deep breath* this is a powerhouse of a novel. Against the Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa “I indulge an… Continue reading Against the Loveless World

Contemporary Literature · Translations

Celestial Bodies

In my goal of working to read more diversely, I’m attempting to also diversify my diversity… That sounds confusing, but basically, I’m just trying to cast my reading net ever wider. So when I heard about this 2019 winner of the International Man Booker, the first novel translated from Arabic to win this prize, in… Continue reading Celestial Bodies

Contemporary Literature · Speculative

Future Home of the Living God

I’ve only ever read one other book by Louise Erdrich, The Round House and was thoroughly impressed and emotionally drained by the book. It was a beautiful telling of a terrible story and tackles some serious issues around inequality and disparity faced by Native American peoples in the US. In any case, knowing what she was… Continue reading Future Home of the Living God