Book Review: The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

The Lying Life of Adults Translated by Ann Goldstein About the Book: A powerful new novel set in a divided Naples by Elena Ferrante, the beloved best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend. Giovanna's pretty face has changed: it's turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent. But is she seeing things as they really … Continue reading Book Review: The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

Book Review: The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte

The Tolstoy Estate... About the Book: Epic in scope, ambitious and astonishingly good, The Tolstoy Estate proclaims Steven Conte as one of Australia's finest writers. In the first year of the doomed German invasion of Russia in WWII, a German military doctor, Paul Bauer, is assigned to establish a field hospital at Yasnaya Polyana - … Continue reading Book Review: The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte

#MWFDIGITAL: An Evening with Elizabeth Strout

This session was largely focussed on exploring the character of Olive Kitteridge, and while I'm yet to read these two novels, I still found this entire chat wholly delightful. Elizabeth shared the personal observation that she believes all people are complex, even if they don't think they are. And it's this complexity that draws readers … Continue reading #MWFDIGITAL: An Evening with Elizabeth Strout

Book Review: The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

The Pull of the Stars... About the Book: In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders: Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the … Continue reading Book Review: The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue