“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” ― Joyce Carol Oates

Remember Me: World Alzheimer's Month

September 2015 is the fourth global World Alzheimer’s Month. This year’s theme is Remember Me. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, it is estimated that 44 million people worldwide are living with dementia. Two remarkable debut novels published last year spotlight unforgettable characters who happen to have dementia. In Emma Healey’s Elizabeth Is[...]

A New Pandora: The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

When your dreams come true, your true has moved. It’s been twenty years since the Breakdown. When the fungus turned everyone in its path into hungries who literally ate civilisation. Some thirty miles north of London, a fortified base operated by a skeleton staff is the site of a small, jury-rigged laboratory and a classroom. Here Dr. Caroline Caldwell obse[...]

The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

Happy 148th birthday to British novelist and playwright, John Galsworthy! John Galsworthy was born on August 14, 1867 in Surrey, England. Although more popular as a playwright during his lifetime, Galsworthy is now famous for his fiction masterpiece, The Forsyte Saga, which won him a Nobel prize for literature a year before his death in 1933. The saga trace[...]

My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh

A dark-themed debut novel with a Baton Rouge, Louisiana setting, My Sunshine Away plays with genre. Initially, it seems coming of age story about a family neighbourhood in the late 1980s, early 90s told by an unnamed fourteen year old boy who has a devastating crush on the girl across the street. Suddenly a crime is committed, drawing the reader into a myste[...]

Guests on Earth: A Fictionalised Chronicle of Mental Illness

A fictionalised chronicle of life in a real institution, Lee Smith's Guests on Earth takes place during the 1930s and 1940s at Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1936, F. Scott Fitzgerald left his wife, Zelda there to be treated for schizophrenia (she is now thought to have been bipolar). Orphaned at thirteen and inconvenient to her g[...]

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