Category Archives: fiction

Ghost Wall, by Sarah Moss

In a brief prologue to this short novel, Sarah Moss describes the sacrifice of an Iron Age girl. Moments before her torture begins, The men turn her to face the crowd, they display her to her neighbours and her family, … Continue reading

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Milkman, by Anna Burns

Milkman won last year’s Man Booker prize. I’ve been reading it on and off for a while. Not because I didn’t like it, but its long sentences and paragraphs and stream-of-consciousness, tangential structure were too challenging when, say, I’d been reading … Continue reading

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The Long Take, by Robin Robertson

What a way to end one reading year and start the next. I found Robin Robertson’s The Long Take devastating, fascinating, and beautiful. I had never heard of Robertson until he was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, but he’s an award-winning … Continue reading

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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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