#WITMONTH REVIEW: JAGANNATH, BY KARIN TIDBECK, TRANSLATED BY KARIN TIDBECK (2012)

August is Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth), so I'm only reviewing books by women in translation. In Jagannath's title story, Karin Tidbeck imagines a postapocalyptic future where humans have forged a symbiotic alliance with gigantic caterpillars. The caterpillars constantly roam the earth in search of sustenance, and the humans live inside them: men--who have become … Continue reading #WITMONTH REVIEW: JAGANNATH, BY KARIN TIDBECK, TRANSLATED BY KARIN TIDBECK (2012)

#WITMONTH REVIEW: THE IMPOSSIBLE FAIRYTALE, BY HAN YUJOO, TRANSLATED BY JANET HONG (2017)

August is Women in Translation Month (#WITmonth), so I'll only review books by women in translation.  On the night of the day I started The Impossible Fairytale, I dreamed I was one of first three people in the city to read it. We met to discuss it every Wednesday. We were like Macbeth's witches. When … Continue reading #WITMONTH REVIEW: THE IMPOSSIBLE FAIRYTALE, BY HAN YUJOO, TRANSLATED BY JANET HONG (2017)

REVIEW: VENGEANCE IS MINE, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH, BY EKA KURNIAWAN (2017)

TW: rape. Who can resist a title like Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash? What lover of silly B-movies, strange literature, and comics could pass what the book's own jacket cover describes as a "gloriously pulpy tale of bloody fists, broken hearts and duelling Javanese truckers"? How can a 200-page novel about "one of … Continue reading REVIEW: VENGEANCE IS MINE, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH, BY EKA KURNIAWAN (2017)

REVIEW: THE HISTORY OF BEES, BY MAJA LUNDE (2015)

Sichuan, 2098. Hundreds of silent workers, clad in beige, balance on the fragile branches of pear trees. They hold a plastic container in one hand, a brush in the other. The plastic container contains pollen, carefully weighed out. The brush is made out of the feathers of hens bred specifically for this purpose. Each worker … Continue reading REVIEW: THE HISTORY OF BEES, BY MAJA LUNDE (2015)

REVIEW: THE DJINN FALLS IN LOVE, EDITED BY MAHVESH MURAD AND JARED SHURIN (2017)

I have a troubled history with multi-author short story anthologies. Sometimes it's me: I can't get myself to stick with each story till the end, or I can't get myself to reach the end or even the middle if the first few stories are so-so, or I simply can't handle the frequent gear-shifts from story … Continue reading REVIEW: THE DJINN FALLS IN LOVE, EDITED BY MAHVESH MURAD AND JARED SHURIN (2017)

BOOK REVIEW: PRIESTDADDY, BY PATRICIA LOCKWOOD (2017)

On page 48 of her new memoir of growing up in the Catholic Church, Priestdaddy, Patricia Lockwood's husband, Jason, undergoes surgery for a rare type of cataracts--to quote his own description of the operation to Lockwood's alarmed mother, the surgeon slices open the surface of his eye, then uses "a little jackhammer to blast apart … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: PRIESTDADDY, BY PATRICIA LOCKWOOD (2017)

BOOK REVIEW: BOUNDLESS, BY JILLIAN TAMAKI (2017)

In her new graphic short story collection, Boundless, Jillian Tamaki explores the ways humans can stretch beyond the bounds of our bodies and minds, and connect with the rest of the universe. Through social media, the imagination, pop culture, weird internet cults, pyramid schemes, appeals to a shared sisterhood, bed bugs, and even, in one … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: BOUNDLESS, BY JILLIAN TAMAKI (2017)