Contemporary Literature

Girl, Woman, Other

I had never heard of Bernardine Evaristo before this novel won the Booker Prize this past year (and yes, I am going to choose to believe that she won it singularly, for many reasons…agree or disagree, that’s my stance). In any case, I knew that I wanted to support Evaristo, so I went ahead and… Continue reading Girl, Woman, Other

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 · Historical Fiction · Magical Realism

Lincoln in the Bardo

I’d seen quite a few positive reviews of Lincoln in the Bardo floating around, had heard that it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 and, honestly, still wasn’t that sure about it. I have never been particularly enamored of American history, even less so of the period of the Civil War. (Note: I… Continue reading Lincoln in the Bardo