Book Review: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

About the Book: A heart-wrenching story of mothers and daughters from the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge. A mother comes to visit her daughter in hospital after having not seen her in many years. Her unexpected visit forces Lucy to confront her past, uncovering long-buried memories of a profoundly impoverished childhood; and her present, as … Continue reading Book Review: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Book Review: Seeing Other People by Diana Reid

About the Book: After two years of lockdowns, there’s change in the air. Eleanor has just broken up with her boyfriend, Charlie’s career as an actress is starting up again. They’re finally ready to pursue their dreams—relationships, career, family—if only they can work out what it is they really want. When principles and desires clash, … Continue reading Book Review: Seeing Other People by Diana Reid

Book Review: The Seven Skins of Esther Wilding by Holly Ringland

About the Book: The last time Esther Wilding's beloved older sister Aura was seen, she was walking along the shore towards the sea. In the wake of Aura's disappearance, Esther's family struggles to live with their loss. To seek the truth about her sister's death, Esther reluctantly travels from lutruwita, Tasmania to Copenhagen, and then … Continue reading Book Review: The Seven Skins of Esther Wilding by Holly Ringland

Book Review: Time and Tide in Sarajevo by Bronwyn Birdsall

About the Book: Evelyn is teaching English in Sarajevo, a beautiful city still recovering almost two decades after the long and brutal siege in the 1990s. Life in the city is tenuous yet welcoming. Dedicated to her work preparing high-schoolers for a scholarship that could change the course of their lives, Evelyn feels more herself … Continue reading Book Review: Time and Tide in Sarajevo by Bronwyn Birdsall

Book Review: The Pachinko Parlour by Elisa Shua Dusapin (trans. Aneesa Abbas Higgins)

About the Book: It is summer in Tokyo. Claire finds herself dividing her time between tutoring twelve-year-old Mieko in an apartment in an abandoned hotel and lying on the floor at her grandparents: daydreaming, playing Tetris, and listening to the sounds from the street above. The heat rises; the days slip by. The plan is … Continue reading Book Review: The Pachinko Parlour by Elisa Shua Dusapin (trans. Aneesa Abbas Higgins)

Book Review: Salt and Skin by Eliza Henry-Jones

About the Book: Grief-stricken and on the verge of a breakdown, Luda Managan and her two teenaged children try to make a home for themselves on a collection of harsh and haunted Scottish islands.  Luda, a photographer, is mesmerised by the extraordinary magic of the islands and soon finds herself condemned by the local community after … Continue reading Book Review: Salt and Skin by Eliza Henry-Jones