Hilltop by Assaf Gavron

The Hilltop by Assaf GavronThe Hilltop by Assaf Gavron was one of those books I was saving for the right moment. I wanted to love it and savor it; read it at a leisurely pace and take it all in. Gavron is a highly acclaimed Israeli writer, he’s won tons of prizes and I truly believed that this was going to be the book to bring Israeli literature to the fore in North America. Continue reading

All Together Now by Gill Hornby

All Together Now by Gill HornbyGill Hornby has a new novel out! Hooray! Her debut novel, The Hive (review), became one of the books I most frequently recommended and gave to friends. It perfectly encapsulated the microcosm of mothers of school-aged children. It was something my friends and I could relate to. Continue reading

Cover Wars: Circling the Sun

As you may recall from my review of Circling the Sun, I adored it! But honestly, I don’t know if these two covers do the book justice.

What do you think? Is there a clear winner here? I know I would be more tempted to pick up one of them, but that doesn’t mean I like it.

The Incarnations by Susan Barker

The IncarnationsThe Incarnations by Susan Barker has been praised as China’s Midnight’s Children. I hate comparisons like that because it almost sets The Incarnations up for failure. Midnight’s Children was a game-changer for Indian literature in English, and in many ways put South Asian literature on the map. For years it was cited as the quintessential novel of India’s coming of age. The Incarnations, on the other hand, though a mighty book, is not forwarding the cause of Chinese literature per se, as Barker is a Brit of Malaysian-Chinese descent, and does not mark a moment in time when everything changed the way Midnight’s Children did. Continue reading

Outline by Rachel Cusk

Outline by Rachel CuskI read Outline by Rachel Cusk because I am seeing her, alongside Benjamin Wood, at the Edinburgh Book Festival (tonight!). I adored Benjamin Wood‘s first book, The Bellweather Revival, but I’m not so sure I can put Cusk in the same category. Continue reading

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem KhanIt’s become clear over the years that there are a number of types of books for which I am a sucker. So let’s add a cozy, humorous mystery set in India to the list. That is what I expected from The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan and that is exactly what i got. Continue reading

Cover Wars: Villa America

I have strong opinions on this one guys. STRONG.

One is everything that is great and the other is snooze-worthy. But this is a democracy – so your thoughts please!