Book Review: The Blessed Rita by Tommy Wieringa (translated by Sam Garrett)

The Blessed Rita... About the Book: ‘He had seen more and more people from the East in recent years. Mostly gypsies, people said. Bulgarians, Romanians — you could tell by the plates on the vans and the trailers. The Poles had been around for some time already. Burglaries, thefts. The blessings of the new Europe.’ … Continue reading Book Review: The Blessed Rita by Tommy Wieringa (translated by Sam Garrett)

Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend... Translated by Ann Goldstein About the Book: My Brilliant Friend is the gripping first volume in Elena Ferrante's widely acclaimed Neapolitan Novels. This exquisitely written quartet creates an unsentimental portrait of female experience, rivalry and friendship never before seen in literature. The story of Elena and Lila begins in the 1950s in … Continue reading Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

New Release Book Review: States of Passion by Nihad Sirees

States of Passion… Translated from the Arabic by Max Weiss About the Book: A hapless Aleppo bureaucrat is stranded in the middle of the deserted countryside as a violent storm sets in. When he seeks refuge in an isolated old mansion, inhabited by an aged gentleman and his sinister servant, he begins to uncover a … Continue reading New Release Book Review: States of Passion by Nihad Sirees

New Release Book Review: In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

In the Midst of Winter... About: In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident—which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster—a 60-year-old human rights scholar—hits the car of Evelyn Ortega—a young, undocumented immigrant … Continue reading New Release Book Review: In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende