Category Archives: I Read

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Choi’s novel begins with Sarah and David’s love affair. The writing is as grand as their teenage emotions – maybe even more so because they attend a dramatic arts high school.  Then half way through the book the narrator changes … Continue reading

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Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller

This. What a shocking and heartbreaking landmark for all women that a victim of sexual assault is a gifted writer. Chanel Miller has moved mountains with first, her victim-impact statement and now, this memoir. She is a beautiful writer. Her … Continue reading

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Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

This book follows The Tattooist of Auschwitz and is based on the true story of Cilka Klein, who survives Auschwitz only to be sentenced to 15 years at a Russian labour camp in Siberia for having “helped” the Nazis. Again, … Continue reading

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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Considered a tragicomedy, Toole’s novel tells Ignatius J. Reilly’s tale. He’s a disillusioned, bombastic 30-year-old who lives with his alcoholic mother in New Orleans. When his drunk mom drives their car into a building, he must find work to pay … Continue reading

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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Patchett’s novel is captivating. I can’t think of anything else I’ve read that has a house as a main character. (OK, maybe Wuthering Heights, but that was long ago.) This novel’s other two main characters are brother and sister – … Continue reading

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Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

I feel like this novel is more of an outline or checklist rather than a fully fleshed-out story. Where Evaristo spends time focusing on character development and capturing the essence of a moment, the writing is magical and moving. That … Continue reading

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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

I found it incredible (and humbling) to discover that Carson McCullers (who I also thought was male for about the first 1/4 of the book) was only 23-years-old when she wrote this novel – her first. It tells John Singer’s … Continue reading

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What Red Was by Rosie Price

Kate becomes best friends with Max during their first year of university. His privileged life is very different from her modest upbringing, but that doesn’t stop them from becoming inseparable. Then one night at Max’s family’s home, Kate is raped … Continue reading

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Cherry by Nico Walker

I’m mystified that this made the New York Time’s list for Best Fiction of 2018. Really? Let me save you some time: A college drop-out joins the army after his girlfriend and fellow ecstasy taker, Emily, moves away. They then … Continue reading

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The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

This is a captivating, moving story about the AIDS epidemic. The novel splits itself between two timeframes and characters. In the 1980s, we follow Yale Tishman in his career as a development director for a university’s art gallery, and in … Continue reading

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