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review 2018-06-20 03:18
Fatima Farheen Mirza's A PLACE FOR US

The first title from Sarah Jessica Parker's imprint for Hogarth

 

I am normally wary of hyped debut novels, but with comparisons made to Anthony Marra’s outstanding A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, I was eager to read Fatima Farheen Mirza’s A Place for Us.

 

Unlike many reviewers, I was not immediately absorbed by Mirza’s family narrative.  The prose itself was strikingly assured for a debut novelist but I struggled to truly engage with the characters, my personal feelings about the entrenched cultural-religious gender bias impacting their lives getting in the way.

 

Many of the characters’ behaviours/actions are frustrating to an outside observer also. But to Mirza’s credit, her attention to detail and absence of sentimentality in the presentation of the different character viewpoints soon had me seeing past those differences. It is with the nuances of behaviour explored, the family dynamics, and the gravity and impact of what is often left unsaid that I engaged. Continue reading >>

Source: bookloverbookreviews.com/2018/06/a-place-for-us-by-fatima-farheen-mirza-book-review.html
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review 2018-06-08 14:20
My one-hundred and third podcast is up!
EuroTragedy A Drama in Nine Acts - Ashoka Mody

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it I interview Ashoka Mody about his history of the euro and its impact upon the economies of the countries in the region. Enjoy!

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review 2018-01-14 00:58
Lois Murphy’s SOON defies genre categorisation

 

An utterly gripping debut novel. Just like the work of Transit Lounge stable mates Jane Rawsonand A S Patric, Lois Murphy’s Soon defies genre categorisation.

 

Despite containing fantastical story elements, Soon feels uncommonly gritty and grounded. Murphy’s character development and evocation of both the natural environment and small town setting is first class — a reader cannot help but become invested in their plight. The sense of foreboding is at times gut wrenching. 

 

Read our full review of SOON at bookloverbookreviews.com >>

Source: bookloverbookreviews.com/2017/11/soon-by-lois-murphy-book-review.html
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review 2018-01-10 07:37
Karl Geary's prose is a thing of beauty
Montpelier Parade - Karl Geary

The prose within Montpelier Parade is itself a thing of beauty – and for that alone I would recommend this novel. But it is Geary’s characters’ capacity to be buoyed by glints in darkness and this story’s moving denouement that elevate it to the truly memorable. One of our Top Reads of 2017.

 

Read our full review of Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary at bookloverbookreviews.com >>

Source: bookloverbookreviews.com/2017/01/book-review-montpelier-parade-by-karl-geary.html
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review 2018-01-10 07:31
Eleanor Oliphant is more than fine, she is wonderful
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant, the narrator of her debut novel is more than fine, she is wonderful! One of the most genuine and deeply moving character journeys I’ve read in a very long time – powerful enough to evoke tears of laughter and sadness. One of our Top Reads of 2017.

 

Read our full review of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman at bookloverbookreviews.com >>

Source: bookloverbookreviews.com/2017/09/eleanor-oliphant-is-completely-fine-by-gail-honeyman-book-review.html
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