“He knew that it was just that he was a man with bits of himself broken. That’s all it fucking was.” -Sebastian Barry, A Long Long Way My goal for my time at home is to get through as many of the unread books in my room as possible. I decided to start with threeContinue reading “Borrowed Books”
“No Aussie saw this line, which followed Danny around the world; but anyone who grew up in Sri Lanka in the 1990s knows this black line, what it loudly commands of one, what it quietly permits.” -Aravind Adiga, Amnesty Amnesty by Aravind Adiga is the second (and last!) proof I snagged from the bookstore beforeContinue reading “Seeking Amnesty”
“The stories were of people and whanaungatanga, of the plaiting that gives strength to the basket, the weaving that gives the basket beauty, and of koha that makes the basket full.” -Patricia Grace, Potiki I grew up in the United States, and our education in Native American culture was pathetic at best. What happened toContinue reading “Indigenous Stories”
I almost never read nonfiction, partially because I write fiction and I want to learn more about the craft, and partially because I assume it won’t be interesting. That’s not true, of course.
I like to try books that people recommend to me because I’d never pick them out myself. These two were recommended by one of my managers at the bookstore. I’d never heard of Claire Messud, and I’d heard of Alan Hollinghurst, but he wasn’t high up on my list of authors to try.