Category Archives: fiction

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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Solar Bones, by Mike McCormack

when I opened Solar Bones by Mike McCormack and I saw the way it begins the bell the bell as hearing the bell as hearing the bell as standing here the bell being heard standing here I remembered someone had said it … Continue reading

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Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid

Now that I’ve read (or listened to) eight and a bit of the Booker longlist, I can see patterns emerging in the choices: like Autumn and Home Fire, Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West deals with contemporary conflicts, the migrations they cause, and the subsequent fractures in Western … Continue reading

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