“It is, perhaps, this bulk, this excess, this non-superfluous surplus, this literal and literary embarrassment of riches that sends the strongest of messages. Yes, there is this much talent and achievement here in the literature of people of color, the roots of these writers in Africa, but their immense contribution extends to every continent. It is this good. It is this great. So, how is it that it continues to be such a low percentage of all that is published, widely distributed, critiqued, discussed, taught, and shared?”
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Once in a while, you read a book that, though clearly labeled “fiction,” tells a story that really happened. The characters are people you could swear you know, even though the names are different. The events of the plot manage to surprise you, but that’s only because you had forgotten them, since, clearly, they couldn’t have happened any other way. Every word feels true as you forget you are reading and listen instead to the story being “retold” to you, wondering if the reason it feels so real is that you were there and this is, somehow, also your story. Such are the risks of reading Miriam Toews’ Women Talking. READ MORE HERE.
Oh, to be in Paris and fall in love. Sorry, it's not that kind of a novel. Patricia Engel is just too smart for that. Here's a novel that lets you live Paris, except it's a better Paris than you've ever known during your vacations every so often, because it feels real, thanks to Patricia's keen eye and willingness to go deep, past all the cliches. The issues here are thought-worthy, the detail, exquisite. It is a love story for thinking women, tackling friendship, loneliness, family, identity and, yes, love, while redeeming romantic novels set in Paris, all in one elegant swoop. -Anja
I've been meaning to write about this book for some time. Author Justin Torres says this is a novel, and I believe him. But it could be a collection of connected stories, a prose poem, or a memoir, and I wouldn't care one bit. This is the book to read when you want to be inspired to write, to feel, to live your live in the way that makes you happy. It's a thrilling ride of a book. Read it. You'll emerge from it with a trembling heart, a new man or woman. - Anja