May 20, 2016

After a garden party one hazy summer evening, where her mother had one glass of one too many, a girl goes looking for her older sister. No one knows where she is, exactly, and something doesn’t feel right. The girl eventually finds her sister sprawled in a darkened corner of the garden, bleeding, unconscious, and half-naked. No one knows what happened. No one saw anything. 

Was it the googly-eyed grandfather, rumored to have roving hands? Was it the superhero dad, whose relationship with the gi...

April 8, 2016

 A baby boy is born in the darkness of a basement. As he grows up, he learns that there was a horrific fire that left his grandmother, parents, and older brother and sister scarred and disfigured for life. His sister’s injuries are so grotesque that she has been forced to wear a mask. His grandmother lost her eye-sight. His brother has developmental disabilities that render him as a bit of a clumsy, child-like beast. His parents have scarred, twisted faces, which the boy touches gently and tende...

March 11, 2016

A small indiscretion. Is there really such a thing?

 

From the synopsis: “At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak future in a washed-out California town for a London winter of drinking and abandon. Twenty years later, she is a San Francisco lighting designer and happily married mother of three who has put her reckless youth behind her. Then a photo from that distant winter in Europe arrives inexplicably in her mailbox, and an old obsession is awakened.

 

Past and present collide, Annie’s marriage fa...

February 28, 2016

After a very long time, I read a book that I finished in less than 24 hours. That is how engaging The Girl on the Train was.

 

The characters are real and their shortcomings even more so. If the term "grey" had not been given book snob connotations, I would totally declare it the color of the book.

 

Rachel takes the 8:04 am train to London everyday and has made up stories in her head about a certain couple in a certain house that the train stops by on its way. She is close enough to know their silh...

January 27, 2016

Wow! Where do I start in describing my experience with reading Speak by Louisa Hall? I should first explain that I am a Communications major, with additional fascination in the advancement of Artificial Intelligence, so to find a book that touches on the possible negative implications that AI could have on the way we communicate with each other – and with our own selves – reading it was impossible to resist!

 

It’s a bit difficult to summarize this book any better than has already been done in oth...

January 19, 2016

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan was an entertaining read, full of mystery and good humor. The best part is, a baby elephant plays a significant role!

 

When Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits a baby elephant from his late uncle, he is completely taken aback. How is a man supposed to raise a moody baby elephant in the middle of the city, while living in an apartment no less?! His anxious wife, mean-spirited mother-in-law, and bull-headed landlady don't make his task any...

January 13, 2016

I’ve had a rather difficult time coming up with a rating for A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian. On one hand, once I got into the story, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and what would happen next. I was also delighted to read about aspects of life in India and the Indian immigrant experience, both of which were depicted so well (having been to India myself and engaged to marry an Indian man.) On the other hand, character development was inconsistent, the portrayal of white women in the United...

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