Tag: fiction by women

  • Review: Buekes’s Broken Monsters

    Broken Monsters (Reading Group Guide) Lauren Buekes Super well-done mystery novel set turned super-natural what-the-fuck. Wonderful characters including sketchy wanna-be youtube stars, troubled ex-cons, teens in over their heads, overworked cops and mentally ill artists all face unknowable something or other in post-industrial Detroit. Good fun. I picked this up not knowing what to expect […]

  • Review: Morrison’s God Help the Child

    God Help the Child: A novel Toni Morrison A minor work by a major author, this slim book by one of the greatest American novelists  is beautiful and haunting. It moves back and forth from the allegorical to the realistic tracing the story of Bride, a wounded child who grows into a celebrated, but wounded […]

  • Review: Mandel’s Station Eleven

    Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel This is a wonderfully strange, somewhat SF, pretty dystopian, near future novel that’s also about the nature of love, what it means to be a family, and how to stay human, and creative, in a word stacked against you. I loved this book. Science fiction type books that deal […]

  • Review: French’s In the Woods

    In the Woods Tana French The first of French’s Dublin Murder squad novels, this is the type of literary novel masquerading as a crime novel that I absolutely adore. On the surface, this is the story of an unsolved disappearance and an unsolved murder, decades apart. And on that level, it’s a very successful crime […]

  • Review: Lippman’s Baltimore Blues

    Baltimore Blues: The First Tess Monaghan Novel Laura Lippman The first book in Lippman’s Tess Monaghan Series of crime novels set in Baltimore. This was a bit of more breezy than I expected, but does what I want a crime novel to do – give me a sense of place, give me characters I believe, […]