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Tinkers by Paul Harding

This book celebrates life by telling George Crosby’s tale from his deathbed. The parallels and contrasts with his father’s life also weave in. At the same time, a love affair with language is going on. This novel is utterly beautiful. … Continue reading

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The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe

This bizarre novel recounts the story of an entomologist who is held prisoner with a woman in a house at the base of a sand pit. You almost can feel the dry, abrasive atmosphere and experience the claustrophobia. However, the … Continue reading

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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Eggers combines his fantastic storytelling and detailed journalism in this book about Abdulrahmam Zeitoun who remains in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina to take care of his home, his neighbours, and his business. This tale is spellbinding and shocking. You … Continue reading

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When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro

This novel relays the troubled story of Christopher Banks and his consuming quest to find out what happened to his parents who were kidnapped in Shanghai when he was a child. I find the tone of all of Ishiguro’s novels … Continue reading

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Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernières

I loved this novel. It’s about the lives of Christians and Muslims in a small town in South West Anatolia during the end of the Ottoman Empire. The myriad of townspeople’s voices tell their tales of love, war, racism, revenge, … Continue reading

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The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

This novel tells of two little girls who go missing in the woods near their homes. Their unique relationship (One of them is a selective mute.) and their families’ histories are layered onto the main story as it happens and … Continue reading

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Barrel Fever by David Sedaris

I’ve always considered myself a Sedaris fan, but as I go back to his earlier works, like Barrel Fever, I find myself disappointed. I made it only about half-way through this one, which was chock-full of gay male adolescent melodrama. … Continue reading

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