REVIEW: TELL ME HOW IT ENDS, BY VALERIA LUISELLI (2017)

Tell Me How It Ends is a 100-page essay describing with "anger and clarity" the cruel and surreal way in which the US government treats refugee children--specifically ones from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, following the so-called "immigration crisis" of 2014, in which tens of thousands of children from these countries crossed the American border … Continue reading REVIEW: TELL ME HOW IT ENDS, BY VALERIA LUISELLI (2017)

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INTERVIEW WITH JAMIE BULLOCH, TRANSLATOR OF LINDA STIFT’S THE EMPRESS AND THE CAKE

Linda Stift's The Empress and the Cake is one of the best and strangest books I've come across this year. I reviewed it several weeks ago, and I'm still thinking about it--it left me with so many questions, and I'm already itching to read it a second time. Now--normally, when a novel is so strange, … Continue reading INTERVIEW WITH JAMIE BULLOCH, TRANSLATOR OF LINDA STIFT’S THE EMPRESS AND THE CAKE

REVIEW: ABANDON, BY SANGEETA BANDYOPADHYAY, TRANSLATED BY ARUNAVA SINHA (2017)

Abandon--the story of Ishwari and her son Roo, as they try to build a new life together after a long period of separation--is one of those books that are so good I was for a long time discouraged from reviewing it. How could I possibly do it justice? The imagery is so strange and wild, … Continue reading REVIEW: ABANDON, BY SANGEETA BANDYOPADHYAY, TRANSLATED BY ARUNAVA SINHA (2017)

REVIEW: NAONDEL, BY MARIA TURTSCHANINOFF, TRANSLATED BY A.A. PRIME (2017)

TW: rape. From the very first page, we know how┬áNaondel ends: seven women escape a life of imprisonment and oppression by sailing away on the eponymous boat; they live the rest of their lives on a magical island; on the island they create a feminist utopia where women and girls from across the world find … Continue reading REVIEW: NAONDEL, BY MARIA TURTSCHANINOFF, TRANSLATED BY A.A. PRIME (2017)

DOUBLE REVIEW: THE BLACK TIDES OF HEAVEN AND THE READ THREADS OF FORTUNE, BY JY YANG (2017)

Mokoya and Akeha are twins, children of the Full Lands' ruthless ruler, Lady Sanao Hekate. Mokoya is the incandescent core burning beneath the earth, Akeha the lightning splitting open the sky. Mokoya can see the future, Akeha can stop the heart of flying leviathans. Mokoya becomes her mother's official Prophet, an unwilling instrument of dictatorial … Continue reading DOUBLE REVIEW: THE BLACK TIDES OF HEAVEN AND THE READ THREADS OF FORTUNE, BY JY YANG (2017)