A Review of “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois”: Race, gender, and the pecan tree that watches it all
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A Review of “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois”: Race, gender, and the pecan tree that watches it all

Nations are fiction. The U.S. is fiction. Australia, my home country, is fiction. The stories that are celebrated and told about these nations do not speak to the true history of these lands. They begin at an arbitrary point, picked by and for white supremacy. They are stories told over and over again, like water over stone. They are stories about collective groups that change and form over time. But they are just that – stories. Continue reading

“The Island of Missing Trees” by Elif Shafak: Intergenerational trauma and healing through writing
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“The Island of Missing Trees” by Elif Shafak: Intergenerational trauma and healing through writing

Shafak’s novel has a simple premise, love. And it might seem like a cliche, but it just works for this beautiful story. Defne, a Turkish woman, and Kostas, a Greek man, fall in love at the peak of the conflict in Cyrpus in 1974. Their love is helped along by a beautiful mixed Turkish and Greek couple Yusuf and Yiorgos and a little tavern called “The Happy Fig”. Continue reading

Exploring Australia’s Colonial History: A review of “Devotion” by Hannah Kent
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Exploring Australia’s Colonial History: A review of “Devotion” by Hannah Kent

Devotion is an Australian colonial saga. It chronicles the Prussian and German immigrants who travelled to Australia, specifically to South Australia, in the 1800s. It is about love, loss, religious persecution, and the Australian landscape. Continue reading

Review of Niall Williams “This Is Happiness”: when the rain stops in Faha
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Review of Niall Williams “This Is Happiness”: when the rain stops in Faha

When a telephone gets installed in Noe’s home, people line up to call loved ones from afar. However, the telephone calls are not really considered private. And indeed, many of the villagers feel that writing things down and sending letters is much more intimate and personal. Continue reading

Four Shakespearean-Era Tributes Hidden in Maggie O’Farrell’s Award Winning “Hamnet”
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Four Shakespearean-Era Tributes Hidden in Maggie O’Farrell’s Award Winning “Hamnet”

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Maggie O’Farrell won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2020 for Hamnet and if you have read her novel, it is easy to see why. It is not easy to take on … Continue reading

"Paris Savages" Review: how do we write about uncomfortable history?
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"Paris Savages" Review: how do we write about uncomfortable history?

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I picked up a copy of Paris Savages when I was in Hobart, Tasmania this February. Thinking about how easy it was to fly there and how care-free we were is a … Continue reading

“The Boys Who Woke Up Early”: a reminder of America’s complicated past and present
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“The Boys Who Woke Up Early”: a reminder of America’s complicated past and present

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. When I read books, sometimes I know exactly what I want to highlight in my review and other times, ideas and themes from the novel need time to grow and develop in … Continue reading

Goodreads Winners Are In: Who were my favourites for 2018?
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Goodreads Winners Are In: Who were my favourites for 2018?

The wait is over! Goodreads has announced its winners for 2018, which also marks the ten-year anniversary of the book awards. Readers get the chance to vote for their favourite books based on different popular categories like fiction, sci-fi, and Romance. It is basically the Oscars for books. This year, Goodreads recorded over five million … Continue reading

Yaa Gyasi in Zurich and a Review of “Homegoing”
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Yaa Gyasi in Zurich and a Review of “Homegoing”

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Anyone who lives abroad knows how hard it can be to engage with literature from your mother tongue. For me, living in Switzerland means that German is a regular part of my … Continue reading