Review: Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Opening sentence: “My dear friend Roz Horowitz met her new husband online dating, and Roz is three years older and fifty pounds heavier than I am, and people have said that she is generally not as well preserved, and so I thought I would try it even though I avoid going online too much.” Young […]

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Review: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Published in 2018 by Portobello Books / 163 pages / Translated from Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori Opening sentence: “A convenience store is a world of sound.” I just love, love, love quirky, quick books like this. I started reading and thought, ‘I’ll stop at the end of this chapter’ but… there are no chapters, […]

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Review: The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp by Sarra Manning

Published September 2018 by HarperCollins / 386 pages Opening sentence: “BATTLE OF THE BIG BROTHER BEAUTIES!” I need to start this review with an admission: I have never read Vanity Fair. So the fact that The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp is a contemporary retelling of said book is a little lost on me. […]

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