Category: Prize Winning Books

The Emperor of Lies – Book Review

When does a lie begin? A lie, Rabbi Fajner would say, has no beginning. A lie runs downwards lie a rootlet, branching an infinite number of times. But if you trace the rootlets down, you never find a moment of inspiration and vision, only overwhelming desperation and despair. A lie always begins with denial. Something …

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In the Time of the Feast of Flowers – Book Review

What else would I do for her? Or, what would I not do for her? I knew then – but how can I be sure that was the moment, there was so much more to come? – we were on our way down. I closed my eyes against the stomach-clutching descent. – from In the …

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Running the Rift – Book Review

If you stretch a spring long enough, far enough, the metal will fail and the spring will snap. The same with a human body. The same with a human heart. The same, even, with a country. – from Running the Rift, page 231 – There are many horrific events in the historical record. The Rwandan …

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Jesmyn Ward on NPR

Readers to my blog will know by now that I loved Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, a book which won the 2011 National Book Award (read my review). This is not an easy book to read, but it was so incredibly written, so honest, and so powerful that I have continued to want to …

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Salvage the Bones Wins the National Book Award

I don’t usually make these kinds of announcements on my blog because, well, most of the time everyone knows the results of an award before I do for some reason. BUT, I was so excited to see that Jesmyn Ward took the top award for fiction this year at the National Book Awards – and …

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The Tiger’s Wife – Book Review

My grandfather never refers to the tiger’s wife by name. His arm is around me and my feet are on the handrail, and my grandfather might say, “I once knew a girl who loved tigers so much she almost became one herself.” Because I am little, and my love of tigers comes directly from him, …

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Orange July – So Many Wonderful Choices

Orange July will be here very, very soon (if you don’t know what this is, then go check out the details over on Jill’s blog), and I need to make some tough decisions. In going through my stacks of unread books, I have found more Orange books than I could possibly read in one month. …

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The Paperbark Shoe – Book Review

The sky over Wyalkatchem is hotter and bluer than any other place, and the winds are stronger, the thermals rising tens of thousands of feet straight up, lifting the litter of the desert in its embrace: shards of quartz and shale and flakes of limestone, spinifex, the lost tails of geckoes, scraps of paperbark, the …

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Galore – Book Review

Watching Judah emerge from the whale’s guts, King-me felt the widow was birthing everything he despised in the country, laying it our before him like a taunt. Irish nor English, Jerseyman nor bushborn nor savage, not Roman or Episcopalian or apostate, Judah was the wilderness on two legs, mute and unknowable, a blankness that could …

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Conversation in the Cathedral – DNF

People are collapsed at the base of the monument and around them a dung heap of cigarette butts, peels and paper; on the corner people are storming the run-down buses that become lost in dust clouds as they head to the shantytowns; a policeman is arguing with a street vendor and the faces of both …

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