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An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

This is the very long story of Clyde Griffiths’ demise, showing a very dark side to the American Dream. Full disclosure: I only read half of this tome. However, I was invested enough to care what happens. So I found … Continue reading

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We, The Survivors by Tash Aw

Having grown up in a Malaysian fishing village and served time for his crime, Ah Hock tells a journalist of how he came to commit murder. The writing is poignant and quite vivid. I’ll always remember the images created around … Continue reading

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Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

I really liked this first novel by Dalton about a 12-year-old boy, Eli Bell, who has to navigate a world of crime as he grows up in a suburb of 1980’s Australia. This is a fantastic tale about family, crime, … Continue reading

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The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Maybe I missed something about this book? People seemed to really love it. I really liked parts of it. Those are the parts actually about the book’s purpose or claim: a woman’s best friend and mentor dies; as a result, … Continue reading

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I think rereading “The Handmaid’s Tale” made me dislike this novel even more. It’s unbelievable that this won a “joint” Booker prize, and shows how the publishing machine and Atwood’s rank must have so much clout. I would have tossed … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I was hesitant to re-read this novel since I remembered it fondly from its debut in my late teens. But I decided to at least try again, before I read “The Testaments.” And full disclaimer – I’m not an Atwood … Continue reading

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There There by Tommy Orange

This novel.  It’s so well told. Each chapter introduces and weaves characters together in a a multigenerational story that’s tethered by each of them making their way to the Big Oakland Powwow. “There There” is about identity, culture, substances, fear, … Continue reading

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