Category Archives: fiction

Quarterly Report

I won’t bore you (or myself) with the banal personal struggles that have been making it hard to blog. I’m just coming out of the busy middle of the semester, but it’s really the will I lack rather than the … Continue reading

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A Winter Away, by Elizabeth Fair

A couple of years ago, I stumbled on the Furrowed Middlebrowblog. It’s a treasure trove of reviews and lists of “lesser-known British, Irish and American women writers 1910-1960,” books that are often hard to find. But some of them are … Continue reading

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New Year Check-In

Well, 2018 hasn’t given us a break from the firehose of ridiculous and horrifying news. But so far, I’ve been successful in my goal of “bookending” my days, and that’s meant less exposure to the stream via Twitter. My FOMO … Continue reading

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Recent(ish) Reading List

My grades are in, my wrapping is done (much earlier than usual!), I’m nearly done updating my course schedule for next term, my stockings are hung by the chimney with care. Time to catch up on blogging! I’m thinking about … Continue reading

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Reservoir 13 and My Booker Shortlist

Last night I finished the final book I’ll manage to read before the Man Booker shortlist is announced Wednesday morning, and I loved it. Sunita said that Jon McGregor’s Reservoir 13 is a kind of “structural inverse” of Solar Bones:  Whereas Reservoir 13 takes a … Continue reading

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